SpaceX Delays Launch of First Falcon 9 Rocket to Fly Three Times

James Marshall
December 3, 2018

SpaceX is postponing the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to Monday due to booster checks and weather concerns.

A new launch window was later announced for 10:32 a.m. Monday, closing at 11 a.m.

"Standing down from tomorrow's launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional inspections of the second stage".

The public can view this launch from the Hawk's Nest on Azalea Lane off of Hwy 1 just a half mile south of Vandenberg Air Force Base's main gate.

The rocket was originally scheduled to be launched on November 19 but it was delayed to conduct further inspections.

The mission is billed as the "largest dedicated rideshare mission on a US launch vehicle". Among them there are 15 microsatellites (22-220 pounds) and 49 cubesats - small artificial satellites of the Earth for space exploration, including 25 small satellites beloningg to global organizations from 17 countries, including the United States, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Brazil and India. No SpaceX rocket has yet flown more than two missions.

The launch is an attempt to prove that using many smaller and cheaper satellites can accomplish the same task as larger and more expensive satellites. These new satellite networks could help companies track agricultural shipments or support pipeline monitoring efforts.

"Most of the start-ups are planning to eventually have constellations of between 60 and 100 satellites", Wired reported.

This is the third time the launch has been postponed.

Almost all of the satellites on SpaceX's payload aim to prove that a combination of smaller, simpler and cheaper satellites can perform the same complex functions as much larger, more expensive satellites.

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