A planned Monday morning Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg's Air Force Base has been delayed to provide the start-up team to complete more inspections. The SpaceX rocket is set to transport dozens of satellites to space.
Liftoff, scheduled for between 10:31 and 11:00 on Monday, will be delayed less than a week, according to sources related to the mission.
"Standing down from Monday's launch with Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to carry out further inspections before the flight," SpaceX announced on Saturday Twitter page. "When we're done, we'll confirm a new launch date."
The delay comes after SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket, Thursday in Florida, which puts a communications satellite in circulation for Qats military.
Hours after the launch, SpaceX successfully carried out a static fire test at Vandenberg, a step to clear the way for a launch to continue.
But on Saturday, several sources showed that the launch had been delayed – possibly for five to six days.
On board the Falconracket, the Washington-based space industry, SSO-A SmallSat Express, will consist of 64 spacecraft from 34 organizations.
The flight will contain 15 microseconds and 49 cubes from both commercial organizations and authorities.
A set of cremated human remains, from San Francisco-based Elysium Space, constitute payload for a satellite that brings space funerals back to Vandenberg. The space will carry representative samples of cremains for about 100 people.
Other satellites will test technology for authorities or institutions.
For example, the rocket will carry the STPSat-5 air force, one of several defense ministries committing the commercial flight.
STPSat-5 is a scientific and technical mission designed to host five small military payloads to demonstrate the ability of low cost spacecraft to meet the needs of low-cost landslides (LEO), according to the Space & Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles Air Force Base.
Several locations around the Lompoc Valley offer views of VAFB rocket launches.
On launch day, Jalama Beach County Park south of Vandenberg will be evacuated for several hours for safety reasons.
As daylight, the Falcon 9-rocket flight is not expected to create the kind of heavenly show seen during the dusk and flight back in early October.