SpaceX has announced a second postponement of the UAE’s lunar mission.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the 10-kilogram Rashid rover from the United Arab Emirates was scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, US, at 8:37 a.m. (GMT) on Thursday, December 1.
“After further inspections of the launch vehicle and data review, we’re standing down from tomorrow’s launch of ispace inc.’s HAKUTO-R Mission 1,” said SpaceX in a statement.
The company noted that a new launch date will be announced in the upcoming days.
The UAE would rank as the fourth nation to visit the moon if the Rashid rover were to safely land there. It would be the first lunar mission for the Arab world.
The mission would also witness the first spacecraft to land on the moon that was funded and constructed by a private Japanese company.
After successfully launching an unmanned probe to Mars in the first Arab mission to the red planet, Rashid rover is the latest of the UAE’s space exploration efforts.