A new satellite that will monitor the clutter in orbit around the Earth is now expected to launch in late September, more than two months later than originally scheduled.
The Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite was grounded first by concerns about software in the Minotaur IV rocket and then by a problem in some connectors in the rocket’s electronics.
Officials announced the second set of problems Thursday. They say there are no problems in the satellite itself.
It’s designed to give the Air Force its first full-time, space-based surveillance of satellites and debris in Earth’s orbit. It monitors them for possible collisions.
The satellite will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.