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SpaceX delays historically third launch of used rocket (and its flock of satellites)

Spaceflight History Won " A two-speed SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with at least 64 small satellites was scheduled to…

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A two-speed SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with at least 64 small satellites was scheduled to start at 1:31 AM EST (1831 GMT) Monday from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base

This Falcon 9’s first stage already has two flights under its belt, and Monday’s liftoff was to mark the first and third mission of a SpaceX rocket core, but we have to wait a little longer for the milestone to be met. [See the Evolution of SpaceX’s Rockets in Pictures] [19659005] “When we finish, we will confirm a new launch date,” said SpaceX representatives via Twitter on Saturday (Nov. 17).

They did not offer further details, so it is unclear which issue led to the request for further inspection .

Falcon 9 first step to help the ceiling SSO-A has already flown twice this year. It launched the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite for the government in Bangladesh in May and Me rah Putih satellite for PT Telkom Indonesia in August.

Such reuse is a key priority for SpaceX and its founder and CEO Elon Musk, which aims to slash the cost of spacecraft by frequent and repeated rocket routing. A third launch of the same Falcon 9 rocket would therefore mark an important step towards achieving the company’s long-term goals.

Similarly, SpaceX had planned to reuse Falcon 9 upper stages, but it was no longer in Musk announced yesterday.

“BtX, SpaceX is not planning to upgrade Falcon 9 Second Re-Use.) BFR, or” Big Falcon Rocket “, is a large reusable rocket space duo that SpaceX develops to help people get to Mars and other destinations. Throughout the solar system, the first BFR Mars missions can start in the 2020s if everything goes according to plan, Musk has said. (You can read about the new BFR design here.)

BFR will be a versatile system that can perform all of SpaceX’s planned activities from launching satellites to ferry people on point-to-point trips around the world, Musk has said. SpaceX aims to phase out its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy Rockets, and its Dragon Capsule, After the BFR comes online.

When the SSO-A lifts, it will carry at least 64 small satellites to low-earth terrain. These payloads are a different part, more than 30 of them were provided by international organizations Men involved 18 different countries, according to representatives of Spaceflight, the mission manager who puts the flight together.

The crazy satellite total is not a full time record. In February 2017, a rocket for the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle launched 104 spacecraft, the vast majority of them small “nanosites” to the Earth’s orbit.

Mike Wall’s Book On The Search For Alien Life “ Out There ” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018, illustrated by Karl Tate ) is out now. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall . Follow us @Spacedotcom or Facebook . Originally published on Space.com .

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