Elon Musk's SpaceX Postpones Launch of First Air Force Mission

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SpaceX and Blue Origin are headlining a busy day of rocket launches on Tuesday morning, planning to send rockets into space within minutes of each other.

The rockets include one made by Elon Musk's Space X and another by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, but both have now been put off until Wednesday.

It is set to take off from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and the satellite will be deployed an hour and 56 minutes after liftoff.

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SpaceX sued the U.S. Air Force in 2014 in protest over the military's award of a multibillion-dollar, non-compete contract for 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed.

Wednesday's second attempt was expected to happen at 9:07 a.m. The Space Command would be separate from Trump's plans for an independent military branch, Space Force, but could support those efforts, too.

SpaceX will be carrying the first GPS III satellite into medium Earth orbit; it comes from Lockheed Martin, which says the new system will "launch the next generation of connection". 2 is also scheduled to launch a communications satellite for the Indian Air Force on Wednesday, from the Satish Dhawan Space Center. Weather forced a cancelation of what would be the company's tenth New Shephard mission, which "is dedicated to bringing nine NASA-sponsored research and technology payloads into space through NASA's Flight Opportunities program".

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Elon Musk's SpaceX was poised on Wednesday to launch a long-delayed navigation satellite for the USA military, trying for a second day to complete its first designated national security mission for the United States.

"We are scrubbing today's #NewShepard launch due to a ground infrastructure issue". "Slating next launch window NET Friday 12/21 pending further review".

The goal is to set up a command to oversee and organize space operations, accelerate technical advances and find more effective ways to defend US assets in space, including the vast constellations of satellites that American forces rely on for navigation, communications and surveillance.

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France's Arianespace is the third to launch.