A planned Monday morning Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg's Air Force Base has been delayed to give the launch…
A planned Monday morning Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg’s Air Force Base has been delayed to give the launch time to complete more inspections. The SpaceX rocket is designed to carry dozens of satellites in space.
Liftoff, which was planned between kl. 10:31 and 11:00 on Monday, will be delayed less than one week, according to sources related to the mission.  “Due to Monday’s launch of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to carry out further inspections before the flight,” SpaceX announced Saturday on its Twitter page. “When we’re done, we’ll confirm a new launch date.”
The delay comes after SpaceX launched a new Falcon 9 rocket in Florida, which puts a communications satellite in circulation for Qatar’s military.
Hours after the launch, SpaceX successfully completed a static fire test at Vandenberg, a step to clear the way for a launch to continue.
But on Saturday, several sources showed that the launch had been delayed ̵
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On board the Falcon rocket will be Washington-based Spaceflight Industries SSO-A SmallSat Express, which consists of 64 spacecraft from 34 organizations.
The flight will contain 15 microseconds and 49 cubes from both commercial organizations and authorities.
A set of cremated human remains, from San Francisco-based Elysium Space, constitute payload for a satellite that takes space funerals back to Vandenberg. The spacecraft will carry representative samples of cremains for about 100 people.
Other satellites will test the technology of authorities or institutions.
For example, the rocket will carry the airplane STPSat-5, one of several defense ministry missions
STPSat-5 is a scientific and technical mission designed to host five small military payloads to demonstrate the ability of cheap spacecraft to meet the needs of LOT low-ground missions, according to the Space & Missile Systems Center at the Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Several locations around the Lompoc Valley offer views of VAFB rocket launches.
On launch day, Jalama Beach County Park south of Vandenberg will be evacuated for several hours for security reasons.
As a daylight, the Falcon 9-rocket flight does not depart to create the kind of heavenly show seen during dusk and flybac in early October.