iPhone X Production Faces Further Delays, Will Start in Mid-October

Final production on the iPhone X has yet to start, even though Apple will begin taking orders for the device in just over a month. Raymond James chip analyst Christopher Caso conducted supply chain checks this morning and then shared what he learned about Apple’s production schedule in an investor’s note obtained by Barron’s.

According to Caso, while there were already production delays affecting the iPhone X, further delays have occurred recently. He says production is set to start in mid-October, later than earlier predictions. With additional delays, full production ramp up will be delayed into the December quarter.

Interestingly, while the industry widely anticipated a shift in iPhone ramp timing, our checks suggest there was an incremental delay in the build plans – with orders firmed up as recently as last week – shifting production more into the December quarter.

While our checks are ongoing, initial feedback from our meetings suggests that final production of iPhone X has not yet begun, with production expected to commence in mid-October. That production start is about a month later when compared to expectations a month ago, and about 2 months later than expectations at the end of June. Notably, this is consistent with commentary from Diodes last week suggesting the timing had changed since reporting June quarter results and is important as it relates to tone and expectations for the December quarter.

We’ve already known the iPhone X is going to be severely constrained, but hints of further delays suggest supplies could be more restricted than originally thought.

With the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus seemingly not garnering as much interest from customers as previous smartphones launched in fall, it seems there could be quite a lot of Apple fans who are holding out for the iPhone X.

It could be months before Apple has adequate supply to meet demand for the $999 device. Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, for example, has said it could take well into 2018 for Apple to fill all orders.

The iPhone X will be available for pre-order on October 27, with the device to officially launch on November 3. Pre-orders will undoubtedly sell out rapidly so all but the luckiest customers may need to wait for several weeks to get their hands on one of the new flagship devices.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, launching this Friday, should be readily available at retail stores around the world.

Launch operators expect minimal delays from Hurricane Irma – Spaceflight Now

A construction trailer at the Turn Basin near KSC’s Vehicle Assembly Building was turned over during Hurricane Irma. Credit: NASA/Bill White

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance expect to resume launches with little or no delay after Hurricane Irma veered west of Cape Canaveral last weekend, sparing the launch base from the storm’s most extreme damage.

The Kennedy Space Center is still closed to non-essential personnel, and is expected to remain closed until at least Thursday. Electrical power has been restored to the NASA spaceport, but water services were still shut off as of Tuesday night.

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station also remained closed Tuesday to non-mission essential personnel, according to a post on the 45th Space Wing’s Facebook page.

Aerial photos released by NASA on Tuesday showed a few KSC buildings sustained minor roof and structural damage, and flooding was observed in some low-lying parts of the center.

SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said her company’s launch campaigns at launch pad 39A — a former space shuttle facility located at KSC — should not see much interruption from Irma.

“We don’t anticipate, at this point, a delay in our next launch from 39A,” Shotwell said Tuesday at Euroconsult’s annual World Satellite Business Week meeting in Paris. “I was frankly more worried about Launch Complex 40, where we’re finishing up.”

SpaceX is repairing and upgrading pad 40, which sits a few miles to the south of pad 39A on Air Force property, after a Falcon 9 rocket exploded there last September, knocking the launch complex offline until it could be repaired. SpaceX switched its launches to pad 39A once the Falcon 9 resumed flights earlier this year, but the company wants both pads operational.

“We had a lot of equipment (at pad 40), lots of piping to be welded, and I’m a little bit more worried about that. That won’t hold up a launch in the near-term, but we’re waiting to get that information back,” Shotwell said. “I don’t anticipate it being an issue though, thank goodness for us, but obviously a bunch of people suffered, both in this one and our friends in Houston from Harvey.”

The Multi-Payload Processing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center sustained some damage to one of its walls in this image from an aerial damage survey Tuesday. Credit: NASA/Bill White

SpaceX’s next launch was scheduled for no earlier than Oct. 2 before Hurricane Irma, carrying the commercial SES 11/EchoStar 105 communications satellite, a joint project between SES and EchoStar. If the launch date holds, another Falcon 9 launch from Florida no earlier than Oct. 14 is set to loft the Koreasat 5A communications satellite.

SES officials said the SES 11/EchoStar 105 satellite weathered the storm without damage inside a SpaceX-owned clean room in a hangar near pad 40. If ground crews can resume work on the satellite within a few days, the payload could still be ready for liftoff in early October.

The SES 11/EchoStar 105 satellite is set to launch from pad 39A, while SpaceX has not publicly announced which pad will host the Koreasat 5A launch.

SpaceX aimed to ready pad 40 for launches as soon as this month, giving construction crews a chance to modify pad 39A for the maiden flight of the company’s huge Falcon Heavy rocket, a heavy-lifter comprised of three Falcon 9 first stage boosters bolted together.

Officials expected it would take a couple of months to make pad 39A ready for the Falcon Heavy once Falcon 9 missions were rebased at pad 40.

Shotwell said Tuesday that the debut test flight of the Falcon Heavy is still expected before the end of the year.

Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer, speaks at pad 39A earlier this year. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO, said Tuesday that his company’s launch pads and buildings at Cape Canaveral are also in good shape after Irma. ULA employees re-entered the spaceport Tuesday for an initial damage assessment.

“The reports we’re getting back is that the damage to Cape Canaveral is relatively minimial, so a little bit of water intrusion, some signs blown down, but the infrastructure is all really in place,” Bruno said Tuesday at the Euroconsult meeting in Paris. “Our facilities look like they did pretty well, so we’re expecting to bounce back quickly from that.

“A lot of other parts of Florida took a real beating, and our hearts go out to those people, but the hurricane kind of did a little loop around Canaveral and really spared it,” Bruno said.

ULA’s next Atlas 5 launch from Cape Canaveral was scheduled for Sept. 28 from pad 41, located between SpaceX’s pad 40 and pad 39A. The Atlas 5 launcher, fitted with two strap-on solid rocket boosters, will deploy a secret payload into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency.

Another Atlas 5 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California was set for Sept. 14, but ULA postponed the launch to give teams in Florida who were set to travel to the California spaceport an opportunity to prepare their homes and property for the approaching hurricane.

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SpaceX weathers Irma, no delays to busy October launch schedule

Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station were largely spared the brunt of Hurricane Irma due to last-second changes to its projected path. Both SpaceX and ULA have since reported that damages to their facilities are minimal and unlikely to contribute to any delays in upcoming launches, of which SpaceX has several.

Several days before Hurricane Irma reached Florida, the storm projected to make landfall almost directly on Cape Canaveral, stoking fears of spaceflight journalists and forcing the evacuation of several living on the Space Coast. While Irma’s course veered southeast as it neared the Space Coast, Cape Canaveral eventually experienced some level of heavy rain, flooding, and high winds on Sunday and Monday. A NASA flyover of Kennedy Space Center illustrated this best, with very little damage visible from the helicopter, aside from some limited flooding and some mild damage to the roofs of several buildings.

Modern facilities at the Cape are generally built to tolerate Category 5 winds of 150 mph, and Irma appeared to potentially pose a threat to even those structures in the early days of forecasts. However, with maximum recorded winds of around 100 mph from Irma, worries more centered around tornadoes formed by the hurricane, as well as more temporary structures that were under construction. Gwynne Shotwell commented on this earlier today, speaking at the World Satellite Business Week meeting in Paris, France. SpaceX’s President said that LC-39A and SLC-40 looked fine in initial flyovers performed by the company. Her main concern was an array of construction materials and temporary shelters currently at SLC-40 that were exceptionally vulnerable to hurricane conditions.

SpaceX’s LC-39A launch pad seen from a NASA helicopter on 9/12. Thankfully, no damage is readily apparent. (NASA)

Following natural (and unnatural) disasters at Kennedy Space Center and CCAFS, access is restricted to a select crew of emergency reaction teams that are tasked with combing through the myriad facilities and cataloging any serious damage and potential dangers for workers. Once they are finished with their surveys, nonessential personnel are allowed to return to their workplaces and begin their own surveys and repairs. CCAFS and the 45th Space Wing began allowing nonessential personnel back into the facility on Tuesday, while Kennedy Space Center may open its gates on Thursday. Once allowed back in, SpaceX can begin their own damage survey and conduct any necessary repairs.

The company is planning to conduct its next East Coast launch as early as October 2nd, with a second October launch from Florida expected no earlier than October 14th. SpaceX is also scheduled to launch Iridium’s third group of ten NEXT satellites from California on October 4th, so the company has an extremely busy month ahead. Thankfully, with more than two weeks between now and next launch, SpaceX will likely have plenty of time to undertake all necessary repairs, so long as damage is minimal.

While SpaceX was spared, those more directly in the path of Irma were not nearly as lucky. In Florida, nearly 25% of all residents were without power for days, and many millions are still waiting for utility companies to repair widespread damage to their infrastructure. Many homes have undoubtedly been destroyed beyond repair. Floridans were largely spared from the deadly threat of Irma by widespread evacuation orders on the East coast, but most residents of islands along Irma’s path had nowhere to evacuate. Dozens of deaths have been reported in Barbados, the Virgin Islands, and other islands. Many more were killed and injured in Cuba. Recovery from Irma will undoubtedly take many years.

SpaceX weathers Irma, no delays to busy October launch schedule

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SpaceX delays Falcon 9 launch

SpaceX’s next launch has slipped a day.

NASA said Wednesday that the Falcon 9 launch of a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station had been delayed from Sunday to Monday at 12:31 p.m. Eastern.

Neither NASA nor SpaceX disclosed the reason for the slip. With a launch Monday, the Dragon spacecraft will arrive at the station early Wednesday. [NASA]

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EchoStar has ordered an “ultra high density” broadband satellite from Space Systems Loral. The Jupiter-3/EchoStar-24 satellite, scheduled for launch in 2021, will provide 500 gigabits per second of capacity for broadband services in the Americas. EchoStar first mentioned plans for Jupiter-3 in February 2016, saying at the time that it expected to make an announcement about its plans for the satellite in a few months. SSL’s parent company, MDA Corp., hinted at the order in a recent earnings call when it mentioned a pending order for a $400 million satellite. [SpaceNews]

Industry experts believe that while there may be a bubble of smallsat companies today, the field itself is not a bubble in danger of bursting. In a panel session at the Conference on Small Satellites this week, executives and others involved with smallsat companies said there will inevitably be some consolidation among smallsat manufacturers and operators in the coming years, but that the industry’s fundamentals remained strong. While there has been a surge in venture capital funding for smallsat companies in recent years, some firms have avoided it to focus on slower but more sustainable growth. [SpaceNews]

A Swiss company has closed a $3 million seed round to support early development of a smallsat constellation. Airbus Ventures led the round for ELSE, a company developing a satellite system called Astrocast that will support Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications. ELSE is developing its first two satellites for launch next year, and later funding rounds will back the deployment of a constellation of 64 cubesats by 2021. [SpaceNews]

The smallsat market could be worth up to $30 billion in the next decade, according to a recent report. A study by Euroconsult concluded that as many as 6,200 small satellites will launch in the next decade, with a market value of $30.1 billion, compared to $8.7 billion in the previous decade. Much of that growth is linked to plans for a number of smallsat constellations. European satellite developers said that while they also saw growth in the market, many factors could keep the industry from growing as fast as the forecast estimates. [SpaceNews]

Sen. Bill Nelson praised the development of a commercial space industry on his state’s Space Coast.Nelson, speaking with reporters Wednesday at Blue Origin’s factory under construction next to the Kennedy Space Center, said the Cape Canaveral areas was “coming alive” with commercial activity by Blue Origin, OneWeb and SpaceX, among others. Nelson said that activity should lead to several launches a week from the area, perhaps two a day, in the foreseeable future. [Florida Today]

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne tested another controller unit Wednesday for the engines that will power the Space Launch System. The RS-25 engine test at the Stennis Space Center successfully checked out the fourth in a series of engine controller units, the “brain” of the engine that has been upgraded from that used on the engines that flew on the shuttle. [Aerojet Rocketdyne]

NASA has selected several astrophysics mission proposals for further study. The agency said Wednesday it chose three missions for nine-month concept studies, valued at $2 million each, for its Medium-Class Explorer program. Those missions would perform x-ray astronomy, a near-infrared all-sky survey and spectroscopy of exoplanets. NASA also selected three smaller “missions of opportunity” for study; those involve instruments that would fly on high-altitude balloons, the space station or a proposed European mission. [NASA]

The moon may have had a magnetic field of its own far longer than previously thought. Scientists knew the moon had a magnetic field early in its history, but thought it disappeared about 3.5 billion years ago as the lunar interior cooled and shut down the dynamo there that powered it. Analysis of rocks returned from the Apollo 15 mission found evidence that the lunar magnetic field may have still been operating between 1 billion and 2.5 billion years ago. The finding suggests that exoplanets once considered too small to have a long-lasting magnetic field might be able to retain one, enhancing their habitability. [The Guardian]

Pokemon Go Delays Safari Zone Events

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isn’t looking to repeat the mistakes of Pokemon Go Fest, even if that means delaying several planned events. Niantic Labs announced they were postponing several Safari Zone events planned for August. These events, which were to take place at select shopping malls in Germany, France, and other European countries, were supposed to feature special Raid Battles and regional-exclusive Pokemon like Kangaskhan and Tauros that don’t usually spawn in Europe.

In order to guarantee the best possible gameplay experience for European Trainers, we have decided to postpone the events in Europe scheduled for August 5 (Copenhagen and Prague) and August 12 (Stockholm and Amsterdam) until a date later in the Fall,” Niantic announced in a brief blog post. The Safari Zone events in September will still take place, as will a “Pokemon Go Stadium” event to be held next month in Japan.

Pokemon Go won’t be refunding travel or lodging costs for players that already booked their trips to the Safari Zone events. Since tickets weren’t released for the Safari Zone events, there’s no ticket costs to refund either.

As an apology of sorts, Pokemon Go did announce that several regional-exclusive Pokemon would start spawning in select European cities “for a brief time.” We’re guessing that those cities are Copenhagen, Prague, Stockholm, and Amsterdam since those were the cities where the Safari Zone events were to take place.

Players were already growing concerned with Safari Zone, in part because of the issues surrounding Pokemon Go Fest. Each Safari Zone event would have 3,000-5,000 players crammed in a mall, which sounds like a recipe for cellular network issues. Pokemon Go Fest had similar issues, and was seen as a major embarrassment for Pokemon Go and the overall Pokemon franchise.

We’ll provide more updates about the Safari Zone events, and the temporary spawn of regional-exclusive Pokemon in the coming days.

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After Delays, SpaceX and Boeing Aim to Launch Astronauts Next Year

• The space shuttle retired in 2011.

• No American-made spacecraft has launched American astronauts into orbit since then.

• NASA tasked SpaceX and Boeing with the job. Following delays, both are now scheduled to start in 2018.

Back in 2014, SpaceX and Boeing both received contracts under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program to build spacecraft that could carry astronauts to the International Space Station. The program is intended to allow NASA to launch astronauts on American spacecraft again, something that hasn’t happened since the last flight of the space shuttle in 2011.

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The spacecraft being developed by SpaceX and Boeing—the Dragon 2 and the CST-100 Starliner, respectively—proved to be more difficult than originally anticipated. Both companies pushed back their plans for 2017 flights to 2018. Elon Musk recently said the Crew Dragon, which is what NASA calls the Dragon 2, is “way more difficult” than the cargo version of the spacecraft that is used to take supplies to the ISS. “As soon as people enter the picture, it’s really a giant step up in making sure things go right,” said Musk at a recent panel on the commercial crew program. “The oversight from NASA is much tougher.”

Fortunately, however, the work to achieve flights next year seems to be progressing nicely. NASA along with Boeing and SpaceX have indicated that they are on track to hit target launch dates in 2018. A July 20 report released by NASA shows that SpaceX is still targeting an unmanned test flight in February 2018 and a crewed flight in June 2018, and Boeing is aiming to launch an unmanned test flight in June 2018 and a crewed flight in August 2018. Boeing also plans to conduct pad abort tests in early 2018.

Future delays are certainly possible, and Boeing’s director of the Starliner program, Chris Ferguson, called the timeline “a very aggressive test program,” as reported by Space News. Still, Ferguson said it’s possible that the first real mission to take astronauts to the ISS on the Starliner could launch as soon as December 2018. After that, there will not be another change in personnel aboard the space station until around May 2019.

SpaceX plans to launch its Dragon 2 on an upgraded version of the Falcon 9 rocket known as Block 5, currently in development. The Block 5 iteration of the Falcon 9 should produce more thrust in all engines and have reinforced landing legs. Boeing plans to launch the Starliner on an Atlas V rocket supplied by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

While SpaceX tends to keep everything close to the chest, there are a few future announcements from Boeing that could indicate progress in its commercial crew program. First of all, ULA will want a preliminary agreement about a launch about a year in advance, so it’s possible we hear something from ULA about the first test flight of the Starliner sooner rather than later.

Also, the crewed test flight of the the Starliner will include a NASA astronaut and a Boeing test pilot. When NASA announces the astronaut for that flight, it will be a strong indication that the the agency is confident the launch is on track. “Once when they feel comfortable that they’re about 12 months out from a crewed flight launch, I think you can see an assignment come out,” said Ferguson.

SpaceX and Boeing have hit a few snags in their quest to build human-rated spacecraft, but their labors are finally coming together. Come 2018, Americans could fly on American spaceships once again.

Source: Space News

Kingdom Hearts III director talks about extended delays

by Ron Duwell | July 18, 2017

Kingdom Hearts III has been in development for quite some time. Fans have been growing impatient with the lack of information, and many feared another Final Fantasy XV situation would be on their hands. Thank goodness the game finally got a release window of 2018 this weekend at D23.

Director Tetsuya Nomura came out against beliefs that the delays had anything to do with Final Fantasy XV in an interview with GameStop, pointing towards a graphic engine change and other changes that have made it impossible to proceed any faster.

However, not before addressing an issue that obviously bugs him.

A  lot of people have been mentioning and making it sound like ‘Oh, Nomura’s taking too much time,’ and it hurts.

After airing that out, Nomura then proceeded to talk about the reasons behind the game’s delay.

There was a decision made to change to an external [engine]…Unreal Engine 4. So we switched over to that. Unfortunately there was a bit of time that needed to be rewinded and started over. So there was a bit of a setback there, but it was a decision that the company had to make, so it was inevitable.

We had a plan of the period that it’s going to take for us to create the content at the start of the project, and we laid out, after such and such years, we would need to add more personnel resources. We had submitted it to our headquarters and had it approved, but internal personnel is very limited, and there are various different projects that happen within our company, so unfortunately timing did not work out. So we had to make due with the timing that was appropriate for the company…the company makes the decisions, so unfortunately sometimes it is out of my control.

I wanted to emphasize that it wasn’t a problem on our development teams. It just happened that way, and there were some decisions that the company had to make, and it just didn’t work out for certain timings that we were hoping to hit.

It’s kind of out of my hands. I mean, yes, time has passed. But it’s out of my hands.

As for DLC and content, he says nothing is set in stone in regards to DLC, and Square Enix won’t leave too much off the table in regards to spoilers. Most of the content will find its way onto the net before it launches.

Kingdom Hearts III will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Latest Report Claims All New iPhone Models Facing Production Delays

Reports of delays to Apple’s upcoming iPhone line-up continued this week, with the Chinese-language Economic Daily News claiming on Monday that production of the so-called “iPhone 8” will not start until between November and December, with production of the more typical “S” cycle upgrades to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus also potentially facing delays.

According to the report, the flagship redesigned OLED iPhone will ship only in small volumes this year, because yield rates at the main manufacturing plants have still not reached the mass production stage.

While there were previous reports indicating that volume production for new iPhone devices has commenced, yield rates at the two main ODMs, Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron, have not yet reached levels that warrant mass production, the report said.

Reports of iPhone delays typically happen every year and don’t tend to pan out, but on balance we seem to be seeing more than usual this time around, apparently spurred by claims that Apple has found its redesigned handset particularly challenging to finalize, whether that’s because of the intricacies of the customized OLED panel and other key components leading to low or staggered supplies, or problems integrating the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently published a report supporting claims that Apple will debut the OLED iPhone in September, but the device will face “severe supply shortages” for some time. Kuo believes that production ramp-up on the OLED iPhone model won’t begin until as late as October-November, two months later than previous ramp-ups in August-September. Similar rumors have been circulated by Bloomberg, analysts from Barclays, and Brian White. Today’s report is the most delayed 2017 timeframe for “iPhone 8” production we’ve seen so far.

Last week claims were also made that the software-side of things isn’t going well for Apple either, with rumors that problems with the front-facing camera’s 3D sensor could see the feature temporarily unavailable at launch. A purported wireless charging accessory for the iPhone is also thought to be coming later than originally planned.

As for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD iPhones that Apple is said to be launching alongside the OLED iPhone, volume production is now said to be entering “full swing” in August, which is one to two months later than the normal mass production schedule for Apple’s iPhones.

(Via DigiTimes.)

NBA Playgrounds Patch Finally Arrives on Nintendo Switch After Troubled Delays

by Matthew Hayes


NBA Playgrounds has been out on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC since May 9. While pretty much every other version of the game has been patched and updated, the Nintendo Switch version remained incomplete and seemingly abandoned. Months went by without a single patch. The Switch version suffered from long load times, bad aliasing, and no online multiplayer at all. Saber had a tough time getting the patched verified and pushed out by Nintendo, but it’s finally here!

The most important thing the roughly 2GB patch adds is online multiplayer, but several other additions have been made as well, including some big changes to the shot meter and timing (thank God). Below is the full update release from Saber Interactive:

“Many thanks for the continued support! We have the best players in the world and we are privileged to serve you.

Update 1.1.3 for Nintendo Switch brings the heat! Online is here at last. Play online, compete is ranked matches for top spots in the leaderboard and challenge your friends, enemies and other players. Game on! With the new Challenge feature, you’ll be able to directly challenge another player to a game on the Playgrounds. All you have to do is agree on a code, open the online mode, switch to Challenges, enter that code and face each other.

In response to great feedback, we’ve also tweaked the entire shooting system from jump shots, to threes, to dunks, layups, and everything in-between. We’ve redone the timing, added a meter, and clarified the entire system. Keep those comments coming!

As a big thank you to our rabid fans, we’ve also added 15 new players, including Isaiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman! Those two all-stars and 13 others can be unlocked regularly through player packs, earned during tournaments or when leveling up your profile.”

This addresses most of our core concerns with the Switch version of NBA Playgrounds, but there’s still some work to be done. Hopefully after today Saber is now acquainted with Nintendo’s procedures and we’ll see another update sooner than later.




Aiming to avoid third straight ‘abort,’ SpaceX’s Musk delays launch until Wednesday

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said his team was working Tuesday to avoid a third straight “mission abort” order while the aerospace world, and the company’s long list of customers eager for space deliveries, looked on.

The Hawthorne rocketbuilder delayed a scheduled liftoff Monday of its heaviest payload ever just 10 seconds before launch — the second such aborted liftoff in two days.

The company originally rescheduled a third straight launch window for the July 4 holiday. But Musk backed off of that order Tuesday.

He tweeted that SpaceX engineers are working hard to nail the next launch, which will come as soon as Wednesday morning.

“We’re going to spend the 4th doing a full review of rocket & pad systems. Launch no earlier than 5th/6th. Only one chance to get it right,” Musk tweeted.

Monday’s postponement was “due to a violation of abort criteria,” SpaceX reported on its Twitter account.

“The countdown has been stopped,” senior SpaceX engineer John Insprucker said immediately after the delay was announced, in the company’s live webcast of the event.

This was the second failed launch attempt in two days from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex-39A, and comes as the company was attempting its fastest launch cadence yet. It would have been the third liftoff in 10 days.

Insprucker said the cause of Sunday’s postponed launch had been fixed and was likely not the reason for Monday’s delay.

“Scrubbing at T-10 seconds is not unusual. We have moved into offloading propellant in order to protect another launch opportunity possibly tomorrow, if the investigation allows it to proceed,” Insprucker said.

The Falcon 9 rocket is carrying a nearly 7-ton communications satellite for Intelsat. The delay comes as the company is ramping up its delivery schedule for about 70 customers who have contracts with the low-cost, high-tech provider.

The Intelsat 35e satellite is capable of delivering high-capacity data streams across the Caribbean, Europe and Asia for mobile and government use. The machine will replace an older one with newer technology able to provide faster, clearer service.

The launch was scheduled for Sunday afternoon, but was delayed 24 hours because of a minor navigation system error.


“Yesterday we issued an automatic abort based upon some guidance data that looked to be out of family,” Insprucker explained, adding that the issue was fixed.

Earlier on Monday, SpaceX’s first reflown Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after a monthlong visit to the International Space Station. The craft carried science research, including the first mice returned from orbit. The rodents are participating in UCLA’s NELL-1 study, which has shown promise in regrowing lost bone density.

“It has tremendous implications for humans with respect to long-term space travel or habitation,” said UCLA’s Dr. Chia Soo, the project’s principal investigator. “If it can work for microgravity-related bone loss, then it could have increased use for patients one day on Earth who have bone loss from trauma or aging.”

That mission was launched on June 3. It carried dozens of science experiments to the Space Station’s national laboratory.

On June 23, SpaceX delivered a Bulgarian communications satellite to orbit set to improve television access across the Balkans.

On June 25, 10 Iridium NEXT satellites were launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc. It was the Virginia satellite maker’s second SpaceX delivery of its next-generation space communications network.