Another technical problem has delayed a Minuteman 3 missile launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, marking the third postponement for the test program since early March.
The test launch, once planned for May 16, has been delayed indefinitely; a new launch date hasn’t been set, according to officials with Louisiana-based Air Force Global Strike Command.
“The test launch is delayed to replace a component of the test-unique instrumentation wafer on the test missile,” said Michele Tasista, a Global Strike Command spokeswoman.
The problem was blamed on a command receiver decoder that is part of the missile's flight-termination safety system.
That system helps ensure ground safety crews can send commands to destroy the missile if it veers from its flight path, to protect people and property.
This is the same component that forced officials to delay the test from April 10, Global Strike Command officials confirmed this week.