BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has put a hold on Wednesday’s Atlas V launch.
“An unplanned hold is being inserted into the countdown while the launch team examines a ground valve issue with the liquid oxygen system for the #AtlasV first stage,” ULA tweeted.
They said a team is being dispatched to the launchpad to examine hardware in the liquid oxygen store area for the Atlas first stage.
They currently have no target time for launch but it was originally planned for 5:54 p.m.
The space company has already pushed back the launch of its Atlas V rocket, carrying a military satellite, once. It was originally planned for Election Day but was pushed to Wednesday.
ULA tweeted that the rocket was rolled out to the launch pad, but experienced “an upper payload environmental control system flow rate reduction,” causing engineers to take time and troubleshoot the problem.
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On Thursday, SpaceX plans to launch its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. The launch has been scrubbed several times already and when it actually does lift off, it will carry a satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The launch window opens at 6:24 p.m.
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