Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET

Olive Hawkins
December 3, 2018

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 same booster was used in the first Block 5 launch (the final version of the Falcon 9 created to fly up to 100 times) in May and then again in August. Falcon 9 and its crowded payload were supposed to take flight on November 19, but SpaceX delayed the SmallSat Express mission to conduct additional tests.

After separation, the rocket's first stage will attempt to land on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.

Monday's flight got underway at 10:32 a.m. PST (GMT-8; 1:32 p.m. EST) when the Falcon 9's nine Merlin 1C first stage engines ignited with a rush of flame and steaming exhaust, pushing the slender 130-foot-tall rocket away from pad 4-East at Vandenberg.

A post on the official SpaceX Twitter account said the delay was necessary to "conduct additional inspections of the second stage".

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South Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology also confirmed that the launch of their new satellite, which, among other cargo, is expected to be sent to orbit by Falcon 9 launch vehicle, was postponed.

This is the second delay for the launch. The 64 miniature satellites belong to companies, governments and research institutions in 17 different countries. One sponsored a balloon that will inflate in orbit and be visible from the ground.

"The mission. signifies the company's first dedicated rideshare mission to a sun-synchronous low-Earth orbit", Spaceflight said in a statement.

The mission is billed as the "largest dedicated rideshare mission on a USA launch vehicle".

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