SpaceX set to launch Wednesday morning

Terry Joseph
February 21, 2018

As SpaceX prepares to launch another Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, the firm also won an endorsement last week from the top US communications regulator to build a broadband network using satellites.

SpaceX has saved one of its payload fairings before: In March 2017, the company launched a previously used Falcon 9 rocket to carry a payload - a communications satellite created to provide TV, internet and other services to people in Latin America.

An earlier tweet from SpaceX on Saturday, February 17 said, "Team at Vandenberg is taking additional time to perform final checkouts of upgraded fairing".

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But now, due to the need of some final checks for the upgraded Falcon 9 fairing, the launch has been delayed. According to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune, the new launch time on Wednesday morning could mean a "pre-dawn contrail that could be visible from San Diego County". Payload and vehicle remain healthy. According to those experimental solutions include parachutes and equipping recovery ships with metal arms. Along with that, a Spanish radar observation named Pax will also fly to space aboard the Falcon 9 rocket. Before SpaceX successfully proved that rockets can be reused, all rocket launches have been one-time-big-time missions, with the rockets destroyed and practically useless after their flights.

SpaceX says that if the new launch time doesn't work for weather or other reasons, the next opportunity to blast off will be the same time Thursday. The starlink satellite aims to provide low-priced Internet access on a global scale. "Yet Teledesic closed in 2002, after racking up more than $9 billion costs". From Feb. 18, the launch has been pushed to Feb. 21. During the February 6 mission, the payload fairings held the now-famous midnight-cherry Tesla Roadster and its driver, a mannequin known as Starman. SpaceX didn't publicly speak about the Starlink prototypes, although it revealed their presence on the Falcon 9 rockets in Federal Communications Commission filings.

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