Launch of Delta IV with WGS-9 delayed
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) uncovered an issue with the Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) rocket tasked with sending the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite to orbit. This has caused the flight to be delayed.
An issue with the Delta IV’s first stage Common Booster Core was found during standard prelaunch inspections. As such, on Saturday, March 4, 2017, the company announced the mission will now launch “no earlier than March 14.”
The ULA statement noted the extra time was required to ensure the rocket would operate “nominally”. The company will issue a new launch date after the problem has been resolved.
The Delta IV will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37. ULA is working to send the WGS-9 satellite aloft on behalf of the U.S. Air Force.
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