Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

SpaceX to Launch Falcon 9 Rocket #Spaceflight SSO-A @1:32pm EST

SpaceX to Launch Falcon 9 Rocket #Spaceflight SSO-A @1:32pm EST

Sunday morning's launch attempt was postponed to allow for additional inspections of the rocket's second stage. The company tweeted that it's "working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3", after it conducted additional tests.

This is the second delay for the launch.

A Falcon 9 launches to orbit for an unprecedented third time.

The rocket was originally scheduled to be launched on November 19 but it was delayed to conduct further inspections.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has kicked off Seattle-based Spaceflight's first-ever dedicated rideshare mission, a satellite extravaganza that's created to place 64 spacecraft in low Earth orbit.

Fans can watch the Falcon 9 rocket take-off live on SpaceX's webcast.

The rocket went vertical on the launch pad Sunday night, and "vehicle and weather are a go ahead of today's launch window", SpaceX tweeted. The upper stage of the Falcon 9 is set to deploy a total of 64 cubesats and smallsats representing 34 different organizations and 17 countries.

Almost all of the satellites on SpaceX's payload aim to prove that a combination of smaller, simpler and cheaper satellites can perform the same complex functions as much larger, more expensive satellites.

Following a bit less than three weeks of relentless launch delays and scrubs, SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 Block 5 booster for the third time, marking a critical milestone for the company's long-held aspiration of building and operating rockets that can begin to approach the reliability, reusability, and affordability of modern aircraft.

Some of those smaller satellites aim to build an internet network capable of supporting smart devices back on Earth's surface. These new satellite networks could help companies track agricultural shipments or support pipeline monitoring efforts. SpaceX's Twitter account will share live updates of the mission as well.

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