Falcon 9 Launch Delayed Until Wednesday

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen as it launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 4 East with the Jason-3 spacecraft onboard, , Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has been delayed until Wednesday, Feb. 21. The launch had been previously scheduled for Feb. 16 and Feb. 18.

The primary payload is the Paz satellite for Hisdesat of Spain. The spacecraft will provide radar imaging as well as ship tracking and weather data. The flight will use a previously-flown first stage.

Elon Musk’s company will also launch two of its own satellites, Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, that will demonstration technologies needed to provide global broadband services. The company plans to orbit 12,000 in two separate constellations for its Starlink broadband service.

Here is the launch schedule for the next two weeks. Check for updates here.

Feb. 21

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: Paz
Launch Time: 9:17 a.m. EST; 6:17 a.m. PST (1417 GMT)
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Built by Airbus Defense and Space, Hisdesat’s Paz satellite will provide radar imaging as well as ship tracking and weather data. The flight will use a previously-flown first stage.

Feb. 24/25

Launch Vehicle: H-2A
Payload: IGS Optical 6
Launch Window: 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. EST on Feb. 24 (0400-0600 GMT on Feb. 25)
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

The Japanese government’s Information Gathering Satellite carries an optical reconnaissance payload.

Feb. 25

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: Hispasat 30W-6
Launch Window: 12:35 a.m. EST (0535 GMT)
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

The Hispasat 30W-6 satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, will provide communications services over Europe, North Africa and the Americas.

March 1

Launch Vehicle: Atlas 5
Payload: GOES-S
Launch Time: 5:02-7:02 p.m. EST (2202-0002 GMT)
Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance rocket will launch the second next-generation geostationary weather satellite for NASA and NOAA.

March 6

Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Payload: O3b F4
Launch Time: 11:38:36 a.m. EST (1638:36 GMT)
Launch Site: French Guiana

The four O3b Networks will provide broadband services to developing countries.

  • SamuelRoman13

    I think this also has the EuCropis Tomato sat. I can not find what is all onboard. No press kit. This is important for Musks Mars plans, but he says nothing about it. Germany is sending a sat that has tomato seeds and an artificial urine to grow them in. They will spin for a while in Lunar and Mars gravity to see how they grow. I recently heard that NASA has been using AG to grow some small plants on ISS to see what gravity was needed to have seeds to sprout. .4 I think it was. I hope these people has heard about that. They may have to spin at a higher rate to get the seeds to sprout. Not much on their website and nothing on sprouting. My tomato plants are blooming now, I hope theirs do soon. I hope non-detail people are not offended by this story that I have written.
    A couple of items not on the subject that I hope Doug will let go. Did Star Trek Enterprise name the pilot of 1st warp test ship A.G. to say AG is needed on todays Space Ships?
    Since Boeing forgot to check with Range Safety on whether they would approve using 2 SRB on Atlas to launch crew, what will they do? Researching, Starliner weighs 29,000lbs. Atlas with no SRB’s can launch about 26,000lbs to LEO. Would super cooling the fuel be enough? Would Russian engineers allow it? A-OTK said they want the fuel to be at a certain temp., so they where leaving a fuel cooler in place.
    Or they could shrink StarLiner(White Star LIne?)? It is 15′ D. If they made one 12′ it would also line up with the D. of Atlas so they would not have to put special panels on to keep vibration down. Dragon1 is only 9,000lbs so maybe they could buy one of the used ones or copy it. Boeing can do things fast sometimes, so they can still make the deadline.
    Since B.O. and SpaceX capsule abort tests were incomplete, they were not on fire when launched, Boeing can do a real world test by making a in the air explosion(like AMOS). Need to know what damage would be done to Starliner. Dragon, and if the flames would go out or burn brighter.
    Sorry I needed to get this in if Doug will allow it. Since Doug has not written anything long for awhile, this will give you something to read on Sunday morning. And no I am not a Russian attacking our country, which Trump will do nothing about. WW3? OK a few puns.
    Enjoy.
    Yours Truly: Saturn, Saturn13

  • Kirk

    What SRB / StarLiner launch / Range Safety approval problems are you talking about? Could you please provide a link to such a story?

  • duheagle

    The pilot of the first human-built warp drive ship in the Star Trek mythos was Zefram Cochrane. That would be Z.C., not A.G.

  • SamuelRoman13

    That was an amateur. The 1st government test flight was on Star Trek Enterprise. A.G. and to be Cap. was competing to be first. A. G. won but crashed and the project canceled. They stole a new ship and went Warp 2.

  • SamuelRoman13

    Do a search for SpaceRef Ares -1. I found a link several years ago on Wiki while reading about SRB. I will check. Range Saftey memo was 10 years ago. The parachutes would burn if they destructed Ares-1. I am assuming strap ons also. They showed a image of those going off like fire works when destructed. I guess they do not want to kill some people. I complained to the House Science Committee at that time. My detecting may be off, but Mulholland told Hans you might have something there at the recent hearing. I just wrote NASA asking if they had Range approval for Atlas and F-9. They say it may take a long time to answer. I have got answers from them before. I will post if I do. Be warned that if you want to Contact NASA that they only allow 250 characters not words. House is generous.

    https://www.space.com/6809-nasa-rocket-escape-system-questioned.html

    Thats 1. Not the one I was looking for. I will keep looking in case your last name is Shermerdine.

  • Kirk

    Reliability aside, there is a quite a difference between 625,000 kg propellant in a five segment SRB and 30,000 kg propellant in a GM-60. That doesn’t mean an Atlas V N22 is necessarily safe to abort from, but Ares I / Orion concerns don’t automatically transfer to Atlas V/Starliner.

  • SamuelRoman13

    True, I think the picture in the report though is from the destruct of the Aerojet-60 at the Cape. Might be the big side boosters of the Titan 3C on the WC. That is some curtain of burning fuel.