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Launch Delays Quiet Space Coast

GOES-R Atlas V Transport and Lift to Vertical on Stand . Photo: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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Private launch operators SpaceX and United Launch Alliance experienced launch delays but those may soon come to an end.

ULA announced the launch of a next-generation weather satellite is delayed until later this month. The Lockheed-Boeing joint venture says an issue with the Atlas v booster is to blame.

This is the second delay for this mission. Hurricane Matthew also put a pause on that launch. ULA is having the same problem on another Atlas 5 rocket  launching from California.

For SpaceX, its Falcon 9 fleet has been grounded since a fueling anomaly cased an explosion on the pad back in September. SpaceX says it’s still working to solve the issue.

founder Elon Musk told CNBC he plans to return to flight mid-December.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »