17 May 2018
Spaceflight Now reports that SpaceX has delayed the launch of five Iridium “message relay satellites and a pair of U.S.-German orbiting geophysics probes” on a Falcon 9 rocket from California by three days to May 22, while a “week-long schedule slip to May 31 is expected for the next SpaceX flight from Cape Canaveral with an SES communications payload.” According to Iridium CEO Matt Desch, the delay for the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base will allow SpaceX to resolve an issue with the Falcon 9’s preparation. Desch called the problem a “minor processing issue” with a Falcon 9 component, adding that it is “not a big deal.” (Image Credit: Associated Press–©)
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