STATES CHRONICLE – SpaceX has recently announced that they will delay the rocket launch with at least a day at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch of the Space Exploration Technologies craft was postponed until January 9th. Officials at SpaceX have declared at the beginning of this week that their initial plan was to prepare the rocket to set off on Sunday, January 8th at 10:28 a.m.
Unfortunately, they needed to change, and the space agency announced their pilot and boaters about the delay. The mission is intended to start on January 9th. Some say that this 24-hours delay may mean that the rocket launch time is expected to be several minutes earlier to guarantee that the satellites are placed in the accurate position.
Vandenberg uses as a precaution method notices which are meant to signal pilots and mariners the area which needs to be avoided because of a missile test or rocket launch. This delay appeared because SpaceX crews intend to carry out engine test firing and a countdown rehearsal at Vandenberg base.
They planned that during the initial tests, the engines of the craft would start before turning off a few seconds later. In the meantime, the spacecraft will remain stranded to the launch pad. Based o the information shared by SpaceX employees on several forums, this was supposed to happen on December 3rd.Unfortunately, they gave up the plan.
Back in September, during a similar test which occurred in Florida, a defect in the design determined a massive explosion which damaged the rocket, destroying its payload. Since that unfortunate incident, specialists have been trying to find out the exact source of the accident and the primary cause which drove to this violent event.
On January 2nd, SpaceX officials have announced that after conducting several tests and a failure review, they have unveiled the planned launch attempt on Sunday, but also the short-term and long-term fixes which could turn the next rocket launch into a total success. Nevertheless, this mission needs the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Hank Price, a spokesman for the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, argued that the FAA has already received the report of the investigation and they are currently reviewing it. The FAA developed a strong connection with SpaceX as they are responsible for conducting the investigation while also preparing for other Falcon 9 launches.
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