SpaceX is postponing the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to Monday due to booster checks and weather concerns.
On Sunday, Space X announced on Twitter that it will send the reusable Falcon 9 booster on its third flight to space tomorrow. The company tweeted that it’s “working toward a backup launch opportunity on Dec. 3,” after it conducted additional tests.
Standing down from tomorrow’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional inspections of the second stage. Working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 2, 2018
The rocket, which was supposed to launch today, will instead take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calfornia on Monday at 1:32 p.m. EST, according to Space.com. SpaceX has postponed the rocket’s mission since mid-November due to booster checks and bad weather at the lift-off area.
As part of the mission, Spaceflight, a SpaceX customer, will send 64 small satellites for a ride on the rocket. One of these interstellar-bound objects will also pay tribute to Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., the first African -American astronaut. To honor his work, Spaceflight is sending a bust of Lawrence enclosed in a 24-karat-gold jar on the big day.
Falcon 9 rolls out to SpaceX’s West Coast launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of Sunday’s targeted launch of 64 payloads for the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission. Falcon 9’s first stage for this mission completed two East Coast launches & landings this year. pic.twitter.com/7sgsdDzIbQ
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 1, 2018
Despite some hiccups, the third Falcon 9 trip is a major milestone for SpaceX. From a reusability perspective, this Falcon 9 booster isn’t ready to retire yet. Previous Falcon 9 stages had to retire after two flights, yet Monday’s Falcon 9 booster is going for its third space journey. In May, it launched the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh government and in August, it sent up the Merah Putih satellite for the Indonesia-based PT Telkom company, reported NASASpaceFlight.com.
Fans can watch the Falcon 9 rocket take-off live on SpaceX’s webcast. It will begin streaming on Monday, at 1:17 p.m. EST, which is 15 minutes before Falcon 9 will embark on its space journey. SpaceX’s Twitter account will share live updates of the mission as well.
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