Just four days after sending a communications satellite into orbit from Florida, Hawthorne-based SpaceX planned to attempt another launch Monday, this time sending a rocket into the sky from Vandenberg Air Force Base, but it now says it is postponing the launch.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled for liftoff at 10:32 a.m. from Vandenberg on a mission dubbed Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express and carrying not one, not two, but 71 satellites on what was billed as a “ridesharing” mission.
“Standing down from Monday’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional pre-flight inspections. Once complete, we will confirm a new launch date,” SpaceX said via Twitter.
Organized by Spaceflight Industries, the satellites aboard the rocket come from 34 organizations and will be released into a “sun-synchronous low Earth orbit.”
“It includes 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from both commercial and government entities, of which more than 25 are from international organizations from 17 countries, including the United States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Brazil and India,” according to Spaceflight Industries.
The mission is billed as the “largest dedicated rideshare mission on a U.S. launch vehicle.”
Previous SpaceX launches from Vandenberg have created impressive light shows over the Southland and the entire southwestern United States.
On Thursday, SpaceX launched a Qatari communications satellite into orbit from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The mission from Vandenberg will be SpaceX’s 19th launch of the year.
>> Want to read more stories like this? Get our Free Daily Newsletters Here!Follow us: