File photo of an Atlas 5 launch last year carrying the U.S. Air Force’s fourth Advanced EHF communications satellite. The next Atlas 5 flight, now set for no earlier than Aug. 8, will loft the fifth AEHF relay satellite for the Air Force. Credit: United Launch Alliance
United Launch Alliance is pushing back its next Atlas 5 launch from Cape Canaveral until no earlier than Aug. 8, allowing time for engineers to ensure an unspecified anomaly during component testing at a supplier will have no impact on the Atlas 5’s mission to place a U.S. Air Force communications satellite into orbit.
ULA announced the delay Thursday, citing “an anomaly during component testing at a supplier which has created a cross-over concern.”
The Atlas 5 rocket was scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral next Wednesday, July 17, with the Air Force’s fifth Advanced EHF communications satellite.
“Additional time is needed for the team to review the component anomaly and determine if any corrective action is required to the launch vehicle,” ULA said in a brief statement.
United Launch Alliance did not identify which supplier or component were responsible for the delay, which follows a previous postponement from the Atlas 5’s ...