The subsequent launch of Atlas 5 rocket of United Launch Alliance (ULA) with the 5th Advanced Extremely High-Frequency communications satellite of US Air Force, earlier slated for June 27, has been postponed to no prior to July 12 to substitute a failed battery on the rocket. ULA, in a recent statement, stated the lift-off was postponed “owing to a vehicle battery breakdown unearthed during final processing.” The ULA members were getting ready for the launch from at Cape Canaveral at 8:27 a.m. EDT (1227 GMT) with the jam-resistant, nuclear-hardened AEHF 5 spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin designed to offer secure communications for the president and the US military.
In a statement, ULA said, “More time is required for the technical team to accomplish the assessment of the problem and change the battery.” ULA stated that the lift-off would be re-planned for no prior to July 9, however, a representative from the Space and Missile Systems Center of US Air Force stated the mission’s lift-off was later slated, at the earliest, for July 12. The lift-off of AEHF 5 satellite comes after the lift-off of 4 previous AEHF spacecraft in 2018, 2013, 2012, and 2010, all on Atlas 5 rockets.
Likewise, it has been around 2 Months since the blast of SpaceX Dragon II capsule during testing and Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator, has now corroborated officially that the “glitch” has delayed the launch schedule. Also, Boeing has come across problems with its CST-100 Starliner vehicle. At this pace, crewed lift-offs with commercial rockets might not take place this year.
No official report has been issued on the April explosion by SpaceX and the inquiry could require months to accomplish. SpaceX, in the weeks prior to the incident, lifted-off that same spacecraft without a crew to the International Space Station (ISS).
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