SpaceX reschedules launch of 64 small satellites

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-03 19:34:05|Editor: xuxin
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. private spaceflight company SpaceX has postponed its Sunday's launch of Falcon 9 rocket carrying 64 small satellites, and rescheduled the launch for Monday.

The launch was originally scheduled at 10:32 a.m. PST (1832 GMT) Sunday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, but SpaceX ordered additional inspections.

"Standing down from tomorrow's launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional inspections of the second stage. Working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3," SpaceX tweeted late Saturday night.

It rescheduled the launch at 10:32 a.m. PST on Monday.

A series of six deployments will occur approximately 13 to 43 minutes after liftoff, after which Spaceflight will begin to command its own deployment sequences, according to SpaceX.

Spaceflight's deployments are expected to occur over a period of six hours, SpaceX said.

The launch will set a record for the most satellites ever deployed in orbit on a U.S. rocket. It is also noteworthy as it will be SpaceX's first flight to reuse the Falcon 9 first-stage booster a third time.