SDA delays first Tranche 0 satellite launch

By Shelley K. Mesch / March 31, 2023 at 3:55 PM

Unspecified problems on Thursday delayed the first launch of the Space Development Agency's satellites until Saturday morning at the earliest, according to the agency.

Contractor SpaceX was set to launch 10 of SDA’s communications and missile warning and tracking satellites into low-Earth orbit Thursday morning, but that launch was aborted and rescheduled for Friday morning, according to an SDA post on LinkedIn.

The launch for Friday morning was also postponed, according to the agency.

SpaceX is “working quickly to resolve issues discovered during yesterday’s launch attempt,” the post states.

The launch, from Vandenberg Space Force Base, CA, will mark the first of dozens to go on orbit for SDA’s Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture.