Atlas V launch rescheduled again; SpaceX launch pushed back

By Spectrum News,
Last Updated: Saturday, October 07, 2017, 7:05 AM EDT

UPDATE: (10/7) -

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the NROL-52 mission was scrubbed today due to an issue with a telemetry transmitter on the launch vehicle.

The team will replace and retest the hardware on the launch vehicle in the Vertical Integration Facility prior to another launch attempt. A new launch date will be released when it’s established.


A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket remained on a Space Coast launch pad early Friday after its launch was scrubbed for the second day in a row.

  • ULA rocket launched pushed back to 3:59 a.m. Saturday
  • SpaceX pushes back its scheduled Saturday launch to next week
  • RELATED: Space Coast launch schedule

Again, bad weather was to blame for the delay. The launch window opened at 4:03 a.m. and was finally called off after 4:30 a.m.

A day before, the rocket was scheduled to launch at 4 a.m., but that was scrubbed because of gusty winds and heavy rain. The winds forced ULA crews to delay fueling the rocket, and a weather officer determined it was not safe to proceed.

The rocket is set to deliver a secret satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office into orbit.

ULA rescheduled the launch for 3:59 a.m. Saturday.

A SpaceX launch previously scheduled for Saturday was also pushed back. It was reschedueld for Wednesday, Oct. 11.