The Falcon 9 rocket a previously flown first stage booster that also launched the Taiwanese Formosat-5 satellite in August 2017.
Following the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this month, CEO Elon Musk admitted that fairing recovery has been almost impossible due to the parachutes being twisted during descent. These were mainly conducted on the rocket's fairing, the $5 million section at its tip that deploys the rocket's payload. This time, the sun's coming up at 6:49 a.m., so the pre-dawn magic show could be thrilling. The latest delay, according to a tweet Saturday, is to allow additional time for final checkouts. Musk said that they are getting closer to recovering the payload fairings and have been experimenting with parachutes on its fairings. The remaining parts of the Falcon 9 rocket are already prepared for the new launch after being recycled. The rocket will be sending the company's first Starlink broadband satellites as well as the Paz radar-imaging satellite for Spain into orbit.
"Back in 2015, Facebook decided against spending up to $1 billion on a satellite that would provide Internet to under-served regions in Africa and other continents".
The quest for global satellite internet access is going to have to wait a little longer.
The Hawthorne-based space technology company's latest mission is for one of its Falcon 9 rockets to carry a almost 3-ton Earth-imaging satellite called Paz for Madrid-based operator Hisdesat was initially scheduled to launch Saturday, Feb. 17, at Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Santa Barbara.
SpaceX aims to use reusable rocket technology in order to reduce the costs of spaceflight and space travel. The company carried Musk's Tesla Roadster on board with a mannequin in a spacesuit called Starman behind the wheel earlier this month. The primary payload on Falcon 9 rocket is the 3,000-pound Paz.