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.
SpaceX fans looking forward to Sunday evening's rocket launch will be disappointed to learn it has been postponed until at least Monday - but there is still hope of spotting a show in the sky above San Diego soon.
Falcon 9 will be carrying 64 satellites belonging to companies, governments and research institutions in 17 different countries. The company tweeted that it's "working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3", after it conducted additional tests.
The rocket was originally scheduled to be launched on November 19 but it was delayed to conduct further inspections. From a reusability perspective, this Falcon 9 booster isn't ready to retire yet.
Despite some hiccups, the third Falcon 9 trip is a major milestone for SpaceX.
"Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Just Read the Instructions" drone ship, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean", SpaceX announced on its website.
The launch is an attempt to prove that using many smaller and cheaper satellites can accomplish the same task as larger and more expensive satellites. Instead, they rely on satellite phones and CB radios to communicate and coordinate their illegal activities.
Some of the satellites are aiming to build an internet network that could support smart devices. No SpaceX rocket has ever flown more than twice.
The satellite networks could aid companies tracking agricultural shipments, for example, which are moved without internet access.