CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to launch Tuesday morning from Cape Canaveral has been scrubbed and rescheduled for Wednesday morning.
According to a tweet from SpaceX, the launch was put on hold due to an "out of family reading on first stage sensors."
The rocket is now scheduled to launch at 9:07 a.m., sending a global positioning system satellite into orbit.
SpaceX team called a hold due to an out of family reading on first stage sensors. Vehicle and payload remain healthy; next launch attempt is tomorrow at 9:07 EST, 14:07 UTC.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 18, 2018
NASA said the satellite, named GPS III SV01, will join 31 operational GPS satellites already in orbit, "delivering positioning, navigation and timing services for the United States and other operations."
This satellite is nicknamed “Vespucci” after late 15th century and early 16th century Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci for which the Americas was named after.
The rocket is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40.
Last week, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that he will be in attendance for the launch of "the first Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite - an important step forward as we seek to secure American leadership in space."
Announced at @NASA today that next Tuesday I’ll head to “The World’s Premier Gateway to Space” at Cape Canaveral to watch @SpaceX launch the first @LockheedMartin GPS III satellite - an important step forward as we seek to secure American leadership in space. pic.twitter.com/kNz9K1Zdck— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) December 12, 2018