| CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. June 21
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. June 21 Space Exploration
Technologies, or SpaceX, on Saturday delayed the planned launch
of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying six communications satellites
after cloudy skies socked in its Florida launch site.
The privately owned company had rescheduled launch for
Saturday after encountering a technical problem minutes before a
launch attempt on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
The rocket carries six small satellites for Orbcomm Inc
, a provider of machine-to-machine data and messaging
"Today's Orbcomm launch attempt has been scrubbed due to
weather." SpaceX wrote on its website.
A spokeswoman for Orbcomm said in an email that the next
launch attempt would be 5:30 p.m. EDT/2130 GMT on Sunday.
SpaceX had 53 minutes to launch the rocket, beginning at
5:46 p.m. EDT/2146 GMT, to put the Orbcomm satellites into their
designated orbits some 500 miles (800 km) above Earth and
inclined 47 degrees relative to the equator.
The launch on Friday was called off after engineers detected
unexpected pressure readings in the rocket's second stage
engine. SpaceX provided no additional details of the problem.
For Saturday's launch attempt, the California-based company,
owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk,
canceled its webcast and provided no commentary about the launch
countdown, a public service offered even for classified
Department of Defense satellite launches.
"For the first time since the end of the Cold War, a space
launch from Cape Canaveral will not be broadcast to the press
and the public," Spaceflightnow.com, which provides live launch
coverage, wrote on its website.
SpaceX did not respond to emails about the blackout.
(Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)