SpaceX delays rocket launch from Vandenberg

SpaceX’s 19th launch in 2018 saw a successful third-time used Falcon 9 launch 64 payloads to orbit for the Spaceflight SSO-A Small Sat Express mission. Image SpaceX

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

The Falcon had an especially large payload for this mission, Spaceflight Industries' SSO-A: SmallSat Express made up of 64 CubeSats and micro satellites for assorted customers across the globe.

If the team successfully completes the inspections and clears Falcon for flight, liftoff of the space booster could occur from Space Launch Complex-4 on South Base between 10:32 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday.

SpaceX also set a new launch record of 19 missions in one year, besting 2017's performance of 18 missions. The 64 satellites were launched from 34 organizations in 17 countries and was one of the largest satellite ride-sharing missions ever launched, and the most crowded single mission in U.S. history, according to Spaceflight, SpaceX's customer for the launch.

Minutes later, the first stage landed on an unmanned ship in the Pacific.

The company has tried on several occasions to guide the fairing, using parachutes, to a soft landing into a giant net hoisted up by a crew boat called Mr. Steven. "Working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3", SpaceX said in a tweet.

Before landing, however, the booster helped deliver 64 small satellites to orbit for a variety of companies.

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The low-priced drifters allow AIMS to receive data in "near-real time", the agency said in a statement.

Some of those smaller satellites aim to build an internet network capable of supporting smart devices back on Earth's surface.

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.

"The mission. signifies the company's first dedicated rideshare mission to a sun-synchronous low-Earth orbit", Spaceflight said in a statement.

The FCC also granted SpaceX's request to add the 37.5-42GHz and 47.2-50.2GHz frequency bands to its previously authorised non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) constellation.

Central Coast residents will get a second rocket launch at the end of the work week.

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"It's going to be hard, there's a good chance of death going on a little can through deep space".

And the company headed by USA tech billionaire Elon Musk marked another milestone in its bid to make rockets more re-usable, like airplanes: the blast-off used a recycled booster for the third time.

The next "last-mile" internet may come from SpaceX's Starlink LEO satellites.

The flight will be the third for this particular Falcon 9 rocket.

The 64-satellite payload was a record for a USA -based launch vehicle, SpaceX said.

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