Rocket Launch Rescheduled for Monday

Christopher Davidson
December 3, 2018

Hawthorne-based SpaceX again postponed a planned launch of its SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base Sunday for a mission dubbed Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express.

The latest SpaceX Falcon 9 launch had been scheduled for liftoff at 10:32 a.m. Sunday while carrying not one, not two, but 64 satellites on what was billed as a "ridesharing" mission. Falcon 9 and its crowded payload were supposed to take flight on November 19, but SpaceX delayed the SmallSat Express mission to conduct additional tests. However, the ministry cited adverse weather conditions as the reason for the delay.

Fans can watch the Falcon 9 rocket take-off live on SpaceX's webcast.

This will be the second largest rideshare mission ever and the largest for a single mission on U.S. soil. 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 worldwide 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.

Now, SpaceX and its workhorse vehicle is ready to set the record for most satellites launched by a single American rocket.

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Some of those smaller satellites aim to build an internet network capable of supporting smart devices back on Earth's surface.

The satellite networks could aid companies tracking agricultural shipments, for example, which are moved without internet access.

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

This is the third time the launch has been postponed. No SpaceX rocket has ever flown more than twice.

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