A planned Monday morning, the launch of Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base was delayed to give the launch team time to complete further inspections. The SpaceX rocket is ready to carry dozens of satellites into space.
The takeoff, which had been planned between 10h31 and 11am Monday, will be delayed in less than a week, according to sources linked to the mission.
"From the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express launch attempt on Monday to conduct additional pre-flight inspections," SpaceX said on Saturday. Twitter page. "Once completed, we'll confirm a new release date."
The delay comes after SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket in Florida, putting a communications satellite in orbit for the Qatari military.
Hours after launch, SpaceX successfully completed a static fire test at Vandenberg, a step to clear the way for launch.
But on Saturday, several sources revealed that the launch had been postponed – possibly for five to six days.
Aboard the Falcon rocket will be SSO-A SmallSat Express, of Spaceflight Industries, based in Washington, comprising 64 spacecraft from 34 organizations.
The flight will include 15 microsats and 49 cubes of commercial organizations and government agencies.
A set of cremated human remains from the Elysium Space of San Francisco compose the charge of a satellite that brings space burials back to Vandenberg. The spacecraft will carry representative samples of cremains to approximately 100 people.
Other satellites will test technology for government agencies or institutions.
For example, the rocket will transport STPSat-5 from the Air Force, one of several Department of Defense missions launched on commercial flight.
The STPSat-5 is a science and technology mission designed to host five small military loads to demonstrate low-cost spacecraft capabilities to meet the needs of low-Earth orbit (LEO) missions, according to the Space & Missile Systems Center In 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 due to safety reasons.
As a departure from the day, the Falcon 9 rocket flight is not expected to create the kind of celestial show seen during takeoff and flyback in early October.