The launch of a rocket with two satellites with new technologies postponed for 24 hours

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Miami, Dec 5 (EFE) .- A problem in the ground-based fuel storage system for the propulsion engines forced a delay of 24 hours, until Monday morning, the launch from Cape Canaveral (Florida) of a rocket with a ship pilotless which will put two satellites into orbit using new space technologies.

United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V 551 will take off, if all goes as planned, at 4:04 a.m. local time (9:04 a.m. GMT) on Monday 5, according to the U.S. space agency.

According to meteorologists, there is an 80% chance that the weather will be favorable Monday at the scheduled launch time.

The rocket will bring into space the United States Department of Defense’s Space Test Program 3 (STP-3), a spacecraft that carries the demonstration of the laser communications transmitter (LCRD) inside the NASA and the Ultraviolet Spectrum Coronograph (UVSC) Pathfinder, a joint project of NASA and the US Naval Research Laboratory.

Once in orbit, the UVSC Pathfinder will observe the lower regions of the Sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona, from which the solar energy particles, or SEP, the sun’s most dangerous form of radiation originate.

Solar energy particles create a type of space weather that presents a great challenge for space exploration.

LCRD is a new laser technology that will revolutionize communications and data transmission between space and Earth for a future manned return to the Moon in 2025.

Puerto Rican Javier Ocasio, who led the design of the LCRD, told Efe last Friday that it was a satellite that would be “crucial” to streamline communications, which currently use the radio frequency.

(c) EFE Agency

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