United Launch Alliance delays next Atlas V rocket launch

ULA to review early engine shutdown that occurred during Tuesday's launch

Credit: United Launch Alliance
Credit: United Launch Alliance

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The United Launch Alliance has delayed the Atlas V rocket launch to review the early engine shutdown that occurred during Tuesday's launch.

Officials said in a release Friday that the Atlas V carrying the MUOS-5 mission for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force has been delayed to no earlier than May 12 to further review the data anomaly experienced during the OA-6 mission. 

"The delay will allow additional time to review the data and to confirm readiness for the MUOS-5 mission," said in a release.

The Atlas V blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41 at 11:05 p.m. Tuesday, and the Centaur deployed the Cygnus 22 minutes later — about a minute later than planned due to the longer upper-stage engine firing.