Friday, 22 March, 2019

SpaceX postpones Falcon 9 rocket launch for second day in a row

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Boeing and the French may all fly to space today SpaceX And Blue Origin To Launch Rockets Within Minutes Of Each Other Tuesday Morning
Doris Mccormick | 20 December, 2018, 16:43

For some space exploration companies, the week didn't start off with a bang.

Space X schedules the launch of Falcon 9 at 9:11 am, local time of Cape Canaveral Air Force station. A record-breaking four different rockets will all launch today, but each rocket is being launched by a different company, reports Bloomberg. SpaceX has stated that the earliest that they will attempt to get the payload on its way to orbit will be on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at 9:07 a.m. EST (14:07 GMT).

About an hour and 56 minutes after a successful liftoff the satellite is expected to be deployed to medium Earth orbit.

SpaceX said Tuesday's launch was scratched because of sensor readings on the rocket's first stage. The company is trying to determine whether it can launch Wednesday.

Vice President Mike Pence speaking at the Kennedy Space Center after the SpaceX launch scrub. NASA
Vice President Mike Pence speaking at the Kennedy Space Center after the SpaceX launch scrub. NASA

This initiative gained full support from the White House under President Bill Clinton's administration in 1998. The GPS is used for "positioning, navigation, and timing services supporting vital USA and allied operations worldwide, and underpins critical financial, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure that billions of users have come to depend on daily", according to SpaceX.

Wednesday's launch is set to be the first of 32 satellites in production by Lockheed under contracts worth a combined $12.6 billion for the Air Force GPS III program, Lockheed spokesman Chip Eschenfelder said. Officials say the new satellites are created to be more accurate, secure and versatile. Lockheed Martin is building the new satellites outside Denver.

Blue Origin has targeted 9:30 a.m. ET to launch its New Shepard rocket for a suborbital flight from its facility in West Texas, in the tenth mission for the reusable rocket system. Attempts to launch separate missions both ended with the rockets and their payloads safe - but still on the ground. "Stand by for updates as we see what weather looks like for tomorrow #NS10", Blue Origin tweeted on Tuesday following their decision to abort their launch plans.

The satellite will also be accessible to multiple European nations, including Germany, Sweden, and Belgium. And Arianespace said weather conditions forced it to delay a mission in French Guiana.

Police Arrest 3 Suspects for Killing Scandinavian Tourists Near Mount Toubkal
The Moroccan authorities described it as a "criminal act" but did not give further details about the circumstances of the murders. The tourists, from Norway and Denmark, were found on Monday with neck wounds caused by knives, the Ministry said in a statement.


Microsoft Officially Launches Windows Sandbox
It's created to allow you to test executable files (.exe) before they are exposed to the main Windows operating system. But, as you can imagine, running a separate instance of Windows 10 on your PC requires some computing power.


You decide - did Corbyn say stupid 'woman' or 'people'?
Conservative legislators yelled "Shame!" and "Disgraceful!" at Corbyn after the alleged jibe. A point of order was made by Sir Patrick McLoughlin following the alleged remarks.


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