The Spaceflight history that was scheduled on November 19 wouldn’t be happening for now. A 2-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket peaked with at least 64 tiny satellites was been planned to blast-off on Monday at 1:31 p.m. EST (1831 GMT) from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
This first stage of Falcon 9 already has accomplished 2 flights and launch of Monday would have marked the first-ever 3rd assignment for a SpaceX rocket core. However, we will have to wait a bit longer for that landmark to be accomplished.
On November 17, via Twitter, representatives for SpaceX mentioned, “Standing down from lift-off attempt on Monday of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to carry out additional pre-flight examinations. Once finished, we will bear out a new launch date.” They did not provide further particulars, so it is indistinct what problem surfaced the call for additional examination.
The Falcon 9 first stage that would assist in launching the SSO-A has already soared two times this year. It lifted-off the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite in May for the Bangladesh government and the Merah Putih satellite in August for PT Telkom Indonesia.
Such reuse is a major precedence for SpaceX and Elon Musk, its CEO & founder, who intends to cut the price of spaceflight by soaring rockets often and frequently. A 3rd launch of the identical Falcon 9 rocket would thus mark a momentous step toward attaining the long-term objectives of the company.
On the other end, a few days subsequent to a succinct emergence in Arizona, the next Falcon Heavy side booster of SpaceX has been speckled vertical at the firm’s McGregor, Texas first-stage test stand, possibly just days away from the first static-fire ignition test of the rocket.
This hardware, by all looks a newly fabricated booster, is the foremost public evidence of stern preparations for the 2nd flight of Falcon Heavy of SpaceX.