GPS satellite launch delayed again; liftoff no earlier than Nov. 5

GPS satellite launch delayed again; liftoff no earlier than Nov. 5

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Unspecified technical concerns have again delayed the launch of a Delta 2 rocket carrying a Global Positioning System satellite.

The launch, set for the overnight hours on Saturday, is now off until at least Nov. 5 and possibly later, according to the U.S. Air Force. A new date and time for the launch will be announced later today or later this week.

A leaky line in a similar Delta 2 rocket prompted an earlier day. The mission also has faced several delays related to work time lost because of evacuations and protective measure for three hurricanes.

The delay also may mean a further delay for NASA’s Swift Gamma Ray observatory, which space agency officials said will not be moved to the launch pad and installed atop its Delta 2 rocket until the GPS mission is off the ground.