“The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the GOES-R weather satellite for NASA and NOAA is being rescheduled,” Thursday’s release stated. “A new launch date will be released once it is established.”
United Launch explained that the postponement was caused by the same problem with the Atlas V booster that forced the delay of a previous mission but stressed that its team is “actively working towards a resolution.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in October that a launch of the GOES-R, a next-generation satellite designed to improve scientists’ ability to detect severe weather, had been delayed due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew.
The United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing established to provide space-launch services for US government clients.