Atlantis' secret military flight next week has been postponed because of problems with a satellite aboard the shuttle that reportedly will spy on Iraq.
The Air Force said Wednesday it was delaying the Nov. 9 launch "to resolve anomalies discovered during cargo testing."Sources speaking on condition of anonymity estimated the delay would be one to two weeks.
The delay was disappointing news for NASA, which just last week pronounced Atlantis free of dangerous hydrogen leaks and ready to fly after being grounded during the summer along with Columbia. Columbia passed a leak test as well on Tuesday.
Shuttle director Bob Crippen said Thursday that NASA is going ahead with plans to launch Columbia with the $150 million Astro observatory in December, following Atlantis' flight.