The launch of the Lockheed Martin Atlas III rocket was scrubbed this evening because of a
malfunctioning radar at a Bermuda tracking station. The tracking station is a mandatory Eastern Range telemetry support system to monitor the launch vehicle’s flight.
Pending resolution of the technical issue, the launch is rescheduled for May 16. The window remains the same – 5:37 to 7:57 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The weather forecast for a Tuesday, May 16, launch attempt calls for 90% favorable conditions.
This is the inaugural launch of the newest Atlas, and it will carry EUTELSAT’s W4 communications satellite to orbit powered by the
Russian-designed and-built RD-180 engine, the first time ever that a Russian engine has been used on an American rocket.
The launch will be broadcast on Telstar 6, Transponder 1, C-band, starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
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