SpaceX set to launch Wednesday morning

SpaceX set to launch Wednesday morning

SpaceX set to launch Wednesday morning

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is competing not only with SpaceX but also with Blue Origin, a private space venture launched by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos.

Cameras aboard the Roadster, which was launched on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this month, were expected to last 12 hours, but only lasted about 4 hours, according to USA Today.

The Hawthorne-based company tweeted Saturday, however, that the team needed more time for final inspections, targeting a Wednesday launch.

According to the post by SpaceX, more time is necessary in order to "perform final checkouts of upgraded fairing". Payload and vehicle remain healthy.

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The Falcon Heavy mission had a pretty precious payload - Musk's Roadster and its dummy passenger named Starman. The launch's primary mission is to deliver an observational satellite, called PAZ, for the Spanish government.

SpaceX plans to launch another Falcon 9 rocket (pictured) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California on Wednesday. That first stage booster had carried the Taiwanese Formosat-5 satellite to space in August 2017. Before SpaceX successfully proved that rockets can be reused, all rocket launches have been one-time-big-time missions, with the rockets destroyed and practically useless after their flights.

"Back in 2015, Facebook decided against spending up to $1 billion on a satellite that would provide Internet to under-served regions in Africa and other continents". Most notably, they love to be able to re-use parts of their rockets in order to reduce the overall cost of launching those rockets into space. Falcon 9 was supposed to launch on February 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base pad, sending the company's Starlink internet satellites and Paz satellite into orbit. During the February 6 mission, the payload fairings held the now-famous midnight-cherry Tesla Roadster and its driver, a mannequin known as Starman.

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