The launch of the Boeing Delta III has been rescheduled for 14 April following two launch cancellations on 6 and 7 April.

The first cancellation was because of higher than acceptable winds, which, in the event of a launch failure, could have blown toxic gases into populated areas. The next opportunity was missed because of problems with the vehicle and tracking radar.

A successful launch of the Delta III, carrying the Orion 3 communications satellite, is vital to Boeing's commercial hopes for the booster following the failure of the first flight of the Delta III in August last year, with the loss of the Galaxy X satellite. The Delta III has 16 further commercial launch bookings, including 11 from Hughes Space & Communications.

Source: Flight International