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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, conveying a generally $500 million Global Positioning System satellite worked by Lockheed Martin Corp, was booked for lift off from Florida's Cape Canaveral soon after 9 a.m. (1700 GMT) nearby time, the U.S. Flying corps said.

Blue Origin had targeted 9:30 a.m. ET to launch its New Shepard rocket for a suborbital flight from its facility in West Texas, in the tenth mission for the reusable rocket system. The satellite will be deployed to medium Earth orbit approximately 1 hour and 56 minutes after liftoff.

The rocket is set to blast off around 9:11 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40.

"GPS OCX launch and checkout system will command the satellite to execute key maneuvers, including controlling the burns to get the satellite into desired orbit", said Bishi Das, Raytheon GPS OCX launch and checkout system director.

The next rocket launch from Florida's Space Coast is coming Tuesday morning. A total of four rocket launches were scheduled to take place within roughly half a day's time, and the big stars of the show were going to be SpaceX and Blue Origin.




What: This 10th test of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket system is expected to send nine NASA-sponsored research and technology payloads into space. "Vehicle and payload remain healthy; next launch attempt is tomorrow at 9:07 EST, 14:07 UTC".

The rocket will carry a GPS III satellite, the first of new generation of GPS orbiters.

SpaceX, which has had an incredibly busy year with several flawless launches and rocket recoveries, seemed to be in better shape after the launch hold on Tuesday. Both launches were delayed Tuesday by unacceptably high winds over their respective launch sites.

The next year, SpaceX won an $83 million Air Force contract to launch the GPS III satellite, which will have a lifespan of 15 years, Air Force spokesman William Russell said by phone.

Arianespace said weather conditions forced it to delay a mission in French Guiana. That is because India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. The launch was supposed to happen Tuesday, but it was scrubbed because of a "ground infrastructure issue."


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