The launch of the already-delayed United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit was scrubbed on November 14, with just over 15 minutes to liftoff.
“The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today, due to a range safety hold and high upper-level winds,” ULA said in a tweet. “The team is working to establish a new launch opportunity.” ULA said weather balloons found that upper-level wind conditions “are red for the launch window, causing today’s attempt to be scrubbed.”
The launch was postponed on November 6 due to a faulty battery on the booster. RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission, set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.