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Sirius FM-6 Launch Delayed

Issues with satellite ground station network cited

Experts are going to try again Friday to launch the Sirius FM-6 into space.

The satellite launch was originally slated for Sunday and then postponed until yesterday. International Launch Services said it postponed the launch because of “issues with the satellite ground station network” required for the take-off and early orbital operations of the Sirius FM-6 spacecraft.

As a precaution, SSL of California, which manufactured the satellite, and SiriusXM, decided to take more time to evaluate issues related to required remote satellite ground stations.

The SSL-made Sirius FM-6 satellite is a high-power satellite with an expected 15-year geostationary service life.

The Proton rocket remains on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and ILS plan to make another attempt to launch the spacecraft using a Proton rocket this Friday, Oct. 25.