SpaceX launches reused Falcon 9 with Dutch satellite

Nov

19

2018

SpaceX has postponed the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, which would include a Dutch satellite. The aerospace company wants to carry out extra inspections. At the launch, a rocket staircase is used for the third time.

SpaceX says on Twitter that a new launch date will be announced after the inspections have been carried out. The Dutch start-up Hiber, which is sending a satellite with the launch, says in an e-mail that the postponement is probably three to six days. The launch was scheduled for Monday 7:32 PM Dutch time.

Before the launch, SpaceX plans to use a rocket staircase that has been used twice before. It is the first time that the space company of Elon Musk launches a booster for the third time. Perhaps the additional controls are related to this, although SpaceX does not give details about the inspections it wants to carry out.

The rocket staircase that will be used, was deployed in May this year to launch a communications satellite for the government of Bangladesh. In August, the booster was used for the launch of a satellite for PT Telekom Indonesia. The launch, which has now been postponed, is a so-called rideshare mission, the Smallsat Express , to launch a total of 64 small satellites.

Dutch Hiber sends its first nanosatellite for the Hiberband network . That lpgan, or low-power global area network , consists of nanosatellites at a height of 600km that have to provide worldwide coverage.

Smallsat Express
The Hiber satellite is one of the 64 objects that go along with the mission

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