NASA's Psyche mission: 2022 launch is off after software arrives late
The US space agency made the announcement on Friday: "Due to the late delivery of the spacecraft's flight software and testing equipment,
NASA does not have sufficient time to complete the testing needed ahead of its remaining launch period this year, which ends on October 11.
The plan had been to launch in 2022 and spend three-and-a-half years under solar electric cruise
Scientists are keen to take a closer look since Psyche appears to be the exposed nickel-iron core of an early planet.
NASA had already pushed the launch back from August 1 to no earlier than September 20
there are two ride-along projects, scheduled for launch alongside Psyche on the Falcon Heavy.
The Psyche mission was due to cost $985m, of which $717m has already been spent.