SAN DIEGO — SpaceX fans looking forward to Sunday evening’s rocket launch will be disappointed to learn it has been postponed until at least Monday — but there is still hope of spotting a show in the sky above San Diego soon.
The launch, part of the company’s Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSatExpress mission, is planned to launch a reusable Falcon 9 booster to carry satellites into space. The launch is now postponed until at least Dec. 3 for “additional inspections.” It is the third time the launch has been postponed, according to Space.com.
The new launch is scheduled for Monday morning around 10:30 a.m., though that could change once again.
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 (@SpaceX) December 2, 2018
Previous launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base — where the Falcon 9 is due to eventually take flight — provided a brilliant sight in the sky above San Diego.
Earlier, the company posted photos of the rocket rolling out to the launch pad with a hopeful message about Sunday’s cancelled launch:
Falcon 9 rolls out to SpaceX’s West Coast launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of Sunday’s targeted launch of 64 payloads for the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission. Falcon 9’s first stage for this mission completed two East Coast launches & landings this year. pic.twitter.com/7sgsdDzIbQ
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 1, 2018