Friday, 18 January, 2019

No flights today for SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace

SpaceX And Blue Origin To Launch Rockets Within Minutes Of Each Other Tuesday Morning How to watch the four rocket launches today, including SpaceX and Blue Origin
Theresa Hayes | 20 December, 2018, 11:28

The blue origin is launching about 19 minutes later than that of Space X. and the third is most probably scheduled at 11:37 am by the Eastern Standard Time.

SpaceX had a Falcon 9 rocket set poised and ready (with the Vice-President of the United States watching from nearby) to launch but an "out of family" sensor reading on the rocket's first stage prompted mission managers to call of today's (Dec. 18, 2018) attempt to send the GPS SV01 (Vespucci) navigational satellite. Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin halted a launch from Texas because of "a ground infrastructure issue".

SpaceX's launch of the satellite will be the first of many under a competitive contract with the US Air Force.

There was not enough time left in the window to fix the problem, so launch was delayed to 9:07 a.m. EST Wednesday.

If all the rockets now scheduled launch as planned, there could be five launches within a 24 hour period. Both launches were delayed Tuesday by unacceptably high winds over their respective launch sites.

In 2016, SpaceX won an $83m air force contract to launch the GPS III satellite, which will have a lifespan of 15 years. The rocket is carrying nine NASA-sponsored experiments into space, but won't go into orbit as New Shepard is built for suborbital flights only. All the technical issues were all overcome, and then rockets were launched. "Slating next launch window NET Friday 12/21 pending further review".

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to attend.

The goal is to set up a command to oversee and organize space operations, accelerate technical advances and find more effective ways to defend USA assets in space, including the vast constellations of satellites that American forces rely on for navigation, communications and surveillance. This day has been marked as the bookend as because this is the first time in the world history that so many rockets were launched at once on to space. The first comes from Arianespace, which will launch a Soyuz rocket from the spaceport in French Guiana to carry a French defense and intelligence imaging satellite designated CSO-1 into orbit.