After ULA was forced to delay proceedings on Wednesday and Thursday, the space company is now preparing to launch its Delta IV rocket at 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. local time, on Friday.
SpaceX claimed its rocket performed as expected, implying the blame for the Zuma mission lay elsewhere. The Pentagon has deflected questions to SpaceX, while one SpaceX customer said the blame lies with the maker of the secret spacecraft, Northrop Grumman.
According to NASA Spaceflight, NROL-47 is most likely some type of radar imaging satellite.
Jan. 12 (UPI) — United Launch Alliance hopes the third time is the charm for their twice-delayed NROL-47 mission.
The original launch, scheduled for Wednesday, was pushed to Thursday due to high winds. Thursday’s attempt was scrubbed “due to an issue with a ground system valve.”
It’s possible ULA is using extra precaution in the wake of the Zuma mission failure.
The rocket is set to carry a spy satellite into low-Earth orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The launch will be streamed live, with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.