Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 3, 2018

The launch of Falcon 9 rocket in California, which is supposed to deliver cargo for the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission to low near-Earth orbit, was postponed from Sunday to Monday due to additional checks of the vehicle's second stage, the launch vehicle's developer SpaceX reported on Sunday, Sputnik reported.

According a tweet the aerospace company issued on Sunday, the delay was vital 'to conduct additional inspections of the second stage. The launch is now postponed until at least December 3 for "additional inspections".

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. However, the ministry cited adverse weather conditions as the reason for the delay.

"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.

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

Despite some hiccups, the third Falcon 9 trip is a major milestone for SpaceX.

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.

"Eight of the satellites on board a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base will be from companies hoping to build a truly global Internet of Things by revolutionizing satellite communications", Wired reported. No SpaceX rocket has ever flown more than twice. These new satellite networks could help companies track agricultural shipments or support pipeline monitoring efforts.

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