SpaceX Delays Next Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to Feb. 21

Feb 19, 2018
SpaceX has delayed the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket to no earlier than Wednesday (Feb. 21) to allow final checks of the rocket’s upgraded nose cone.
The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch early Sunday (Feb. 18) from a pad at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base to send SpaceX’s first Starlink broadband satellites and the Paz radar-imaging satellite for Spain into orbit. The mission had already been delayed 24 hours to allow extra checks.
On Saturday, SpaceX representatives announced that more time was needed for final checks of the Falcon 9 rocket’s upgraded payload fairing, the clamshell-like nose cone at the top of the rocket that protects its payload during flight. [6 Surprising Facts About SpaceX]
“Team at Vandenberg is taking additional time to perform final checkouts of upgraded fairing,” SpaceX representatives wrote on Twitter. “Payload and vehicle remain healthy. Due to mission requirements, now targeting February 21 launch of PAZ.”

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