PARIS — A European-U.S. mission that had been slated to send a robotic probe to study the Sun in 2017 has been delayed 15 months, owing to difficulties in developing the spacecraft and instruments. Led by the European Space Agency (ESA) and prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space U.K., the $1 billion Solar Orbiter initially was slated to launch in January 2017 on a NASA-supplied rocket from Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida. The mission was later contracted to liftoff on a United Launch ...


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