SpaceX Pushes Back Starlink Satellite Launch To Feb. 21 For Further Testing

Enlarge  SpaceX has a sooty booster on the pad in California ready for a launch Wednesday

Enlarge SpaceX has a sooty booster on the pad in California ready for a launch Wednesday

Now that it's been some time since that launch, it's time for the company to return to its regular routine.

SpaceX announced the delay on February 17, saying it needed more time to check Falcon 9's upgrade payload fairing, the cone-shaped structure atop of the Falcon 9 that protects the payload - things that the rocket carries - as it hurtles through space. Payload and vehicle remain healthy.

The two demonstration satellites, known as Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, will launch as the so-called secondary payload on the Falcon 9 launch, according to documents filed this month with the Federal Communications Commission. They also will conduct further testing of the rocket's fairing, which is the section at the tip of the rocket which costs $5 million and deploys the rocket's payload, according to a report in

SpaceX plans to launch another Falcon 9 rocket (pictured) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California on Wednesday.

SpaceX had initially planned for the launch to take place last Saturday, before delaying it due to the need for more inspections.

SpaceX is planning to use a giant net - one so vast that it takes up the majority of a high-speed watercraft named Mr. Steven - to catch reusable gear that falls back to Earth after missions to outer space.

In a tweet on Tuesday, SpaceX said the rocket is vertical and the weather is 90 percent favorable for launch. Falcon 9 was supposed to launch on February 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base pad, sending the company's Starlink internet satellites and Paz satellite into orbit. "Yet Teledesic closed in 2002, after racking up more than $9 billion costs". Most notably, they love to be able to re-use parts of their rockets in order to reduce the overall cost of launching those rockets into space. The rocket was scheduled to launch early Sunday (Feb. 18).

Paz won't be riding alone on the recycled Falcon 9.

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