Cape Canaveral, Florida. – Update: The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 scheduled missile that will send a covert spy satellite into orbit will have to wait another 24 hours after the company delays to take off due to a problem discovered in the second stage of the missile.
The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to take off at 9:45 am Thursday, but the launch was suspended one minute earlier. The launch window lasted until 12 noon, but the company decided to delay the takeoff for 24 hours to allow more time to resolve the issue.
The miscarriage triggered a minute and 53 seconds before the first launch attempt due to the second stage sensor reading, according to the company. According to SpaceX, the pressure in the second stage was higher than what the engineers wanted.
Stand back from today’s NROL-108 launch attempt to take a closer look at the data; Falcon 9 and NROL-108 remain healthy. Teams are working for a chance to launch a reserve tomorrow with a three-hour window open at 9:00 AM EST
– SpaceX (SpaceX) December 17, 2020
Both the payload and the Solomon missile.
SpaceX will try again at 9 am on Friday to launch the National Reconnaissance Office satellite.
Original story: Weather conditions seemed mostly favorable for the recent launch of the Space Coast this year on Thursday, a mission set to include the sonic, Earth-shaking sound of a penetration caused by a Falcon 9 booster landing to Cape Canaveral.
If timelines continue, SpaceX will face 70% of “transition” conditions at the Kennedy Space Center for its launch of a secret intelligence satellite owned by the National Reconnaissance Office.
“Overnight from Wednesday to Thursday morning, a powerful high-pressure system moving east from southern Texas will bring cooler, drier air to the Space Coast,” the Space Authority’s 45th Weather Squadron said Tuesday. “The main concern about Thursday’s weather is takeoff winds and the thick cloud bed base associated with any remaining foreground clouds.”
Although not included in the “percentage” calculation in Panel 39A, forecasters note that upper level winds could be a moderate risk by Thursday morning.
After takeoff, the Falcon 9’s 162-foot first-stage booster will detach from Stage 2, and then begin descending again toward Florida. Its target: Landing Area 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, about 9 miles south of Platform 39A.
As it descends toward the tip of the Cape, Space Coast residents and spectators must be prepared for the triple sound bursts the booster generates, which are harmless except for a few alarms and set off car alarms.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 missile was chosen by the NRO for this mission, known as NROL-108. Although the CIA rarely provides details about its payloads, The mission’s artwork was released Tuesday It shows an angry gorilla with tusks striking its chest next to a text that says “Peace through strength.”
“Gorillas are peaceful animals but can be ferocious when necessary,” NRO He said via Twitter. “Like gorillas, our NROL-108 mission is vigilant and ready to defend itself, which demonstrates NRO’s commitment to protecting US war fighters, interests, and allies.”
The launch will mark the 31st Thursday of the year for Space Coast.
- Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9
- Mission: NRO intelligence satellite
- Launch time: To be determined
- Launch window: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET
- Launch pad: 39A at the Kennedy Space Center
- Landing: Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Station
- Weather: 70% “zap”
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