Next Falcon 9 Launch Delayed Until Feb 21

As Elon Musk antagonizes rival, the space industry battled over who will host a cocktail reception for the vice president

SpaceX recovered a nose cone previous year during a launch, but it has a new plan for fairing retrieval that should make it more repeatable and reliable to get these things back.

The Falcon Heavy mission had a pretty precious payload - Musk's Roadster and its dummy passenger named Starman.

Paz won't be riding alone on the recycled Falcon 9.

The company run by celebrity rocket man Elon Musk hopes to send up its Falcon 9 on Wednesday morning after twice delaying the launch over the weekend.

SpaceX is slated to launch a rocket from a pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:17 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

SpaceX is doing final checks of the Falcon 9's upgraded clamshell-like nose cone that is fitted at the top to protect the payload during flight.

The fairing costs $6 million to produce, and so re-using it for multiple costs could lead to a significantly reduction in how much each launch individually costs SpaceX.

If the huge net successfully catches the SpaceX gear, it could save the company about $5 million per launch, according to Space.com, a Live Science sister site.

Recovering and reusing a fairing could save SpaceX a significant amount of money. After that launch, the payload fairings used an onboard thruster system and a parachute to safely land in the Atlantic Ocean, Space.com reported.

'It's like a giant catcher's mitt, in boat form.I think it might be able to do the same thing with Dragon, ' he added. The test mission was an incredible success.

For example, the total cost of a Falcon 9 launch is estimated to be about $61 million. "Due to mission requirements, now targeting February 21 launch of PAZ", the company posted a tweet explaining the reasons behind the delay of the next Falcon 9 launch.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed the approval of an application by SpaceX to provide broadband services using satellites in the United States and worldwide. There are also a couple of prototype satellites aboard - called Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b - that'll be part of a constellation of satellites called Starlink to beam superfast internet from space.

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