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Radar problem delays launches

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Radar outage prompts delay of Falcon 9 launch

SpaceX's launch of a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station has been delayed from Sunday after a critical U.S. Air Force rocket tracking radar was knocked offline, officials said late Wednesday.

The radar is part of the Air Force-run Eastern Range, a network of tracking, communications and safety assets stretching from Florida into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Florida launches grounded for up to three weeks

Rocket launches from Cape Canaveral are grounded until at least mid-April after an electrical short damaged an Air Force radar at the Kennedy Space Center, officials said Friday.

Owned by the U.S. Air Force, the radar is instrumental in tracking rockets as they fly downrange from Cape Canaveral. Safety officials are always on standby to send a destruct signal to the launcher should it stray from its predefined flight corridor.

The radar outage delayed two launches that were scheduled for liftoff this week.

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ULA, SpaceX reschedule launches after radar outage

After a two-week delay to wait for the U.S. Air Force to restore a critical radar tracker, United Launch Alliance and SpaceX have rescheduled their next rocket missions from Cape Canaveral for April 10 and April 14.

Officials put the launches on hold after a component on a rocket tracking radar short-circuited March 24, causing it to overheat and knock the radar offline.

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