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SpaceX delays Hispasat Amazonas Nexus launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the company's next set of the second generation Starlink satellites st 2:53 AM from Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on Thursday. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI
1 of 3 | A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the company's next set of the second generation Starlink satellites st 2:53 AM from Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on Thursday. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 5 (UPI) -- SpaceX will delay the launch of the Hispasat Amazonas Nexus mission until Monday at 5:32 p.m. EST, after unfavorable weather conditions held up Sunday's planned launch.

The rocket was scheduled to lift off at 5:32 p.m. EST on Sunday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. It was initially delayed by two hours as conditions were 30% favorable for lift off, SpaceX said. It was delayed by another two hours, slated for 9:32 p.m. EST, before being called off for the day.

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"Standing down from tonight's Falcon 9 launch of the @Hispasat Amazonas Nexus mission due to unfavorable launch and recovery weather conditions; latest weather forecast for tomorrow's launch opportunity is 90% favorable for liftoff," SpaceX tweeted.

The Hispasat Amazonas Nexus is a commercial communication satellite that will be launched into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The first stage booster that will be used has been launched for five prior missions, including three Starlink launches.

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The satellite will provide coverage for North America, the north and south Atlantic corridors and Greenland, said Hispasat, a communications company based in Spain.

"Amazonas Nexus marks the start of a new generation of satellites in HISPASAT's fleet with an innovative architecture that also features Ka-band capacity to optimize communications between the gateways and the satellite, allowing to multiply the total on-board capacity available for commercial use, thus improving to a great extent the capacity unitary cost with respect to conventional satellites," the company said.

The main feature of the Amazonas Nexus is a Digital Transparent Processor that HIspasat calls a "technological breakthrough." This technology will allow operators to adjust its data output to different customers throughout its coverage area while in orbit.

A livestream of the launch will begin 15 minutes before launch.

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