Now possible with SpaceX's Falcon Heavy
- Author: Joe Gonzales Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 3:30
It appears SpaceX just delayed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket - the one to carry Starlink satellite prototypes into space - to February 21, citing further testing as the reason behind the rescheduled launch.
SpaceX had initially planned for the launch to take place last Saturday, before delaying it due to the need for more inspections.
The PAZ mission follows SpaceX's historic Falcon Heavy launch earlier this month.
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SpaceX is slated to launch a rocket from a pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:17 a.m. local time on Wednesday. Explaining the delay in the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the company tweeted on Sunday: "Team at Vandenberg is taking additional time to perform final checkouts of upgraded fairing".
SpaceX recovered a Falcon 9 payload fairing for the first time a year ago.
'We've got a special boat to catch the fairing, ' Musk said in a press conference following the Falcon Heavy launch. It's not clear why the 2015 watercraft is named Mr. Steven (SeaTran didn't immediately respond to a request for comment), but other vessels in the company's fleet have similar names, including Lady Eve, Mr. Mason, Miss Claire and, amusingly, Greater Scott. The launch's primary mission is to deliver an observational satellite, called PAZ, for the Spanish government.
Nonetheless, it is known that humans can make it possible to bring in minerals from asteroids, considering the Falcon Heavy's first successful test fire.
The payload fairings are clam shell-like nose cone halves that protect the craft's payload. The company has successfully demonstrated multiple times that it can land rocket boosters and even send them up to space for the second time.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch, which will blast Starlink broadband satellites and a radar-imaging satellite called Paz into space, has been delayed.
The plan is to launch the first of two prototypes for its "vast satellite-internet constellation".