Update, 11:40 a.m. Sunday
The launch scheduled for Saturday was called off “due to an unexpected condition,” just seven seconds before launch, the United Launch Alliance said in a tweet. Additional details, including a new launch date, were not immediately available.
A glitch has scrubbed the planned Friday night launch of the Delta IV Heavy rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base, according to the United Launch Alliance.
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Liftoff of the United Launch Alliance booster from Space Launch Complex-6 on South Base had been aiming for 8:19 p.m. “The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy carrying the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office was scrubbed today due to an issue with a redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site,” ULA representatives said in a written statement sent about three hours before the rocket’s scheduled departure.
The team is prepping try again in 24 hours, they added. A launch on Saturday would aim for an 8:06 p.m. blastoff. Weather conditions will get slightly better for Saturday’s attempt with just a 40-percent likelihood that conditions will delay the mission. The huge rocket will carry a top-secret payload into space for the National Reconnaissance Office.