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Keep an eye on the sky for another SpaceX launch this week

Keep an eye on the sky for another SpaceX launch this week”

Following a bit less than three weeks of relentless launch delays and scrubs, SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 Block 5 booster for the third time, marking a critical milestone for the company's long-held aspiration of building and operating rockets that can begin to approach the reliability, reusability, and affordability of modern aircraft.

"Standing down from tomorrow's launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional inspections of the second stage".

The rocket carried 64 small satellites into orbit for customers all over the world, according to a news release from SpaceX.

The Hawk's Nest gates will open on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. PST and close at 10:15 a.m. PST. Working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3'.

"Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Just Read the Instructions" drone ship, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean", SpaceX announced on its website.

The other big first of this launch is that the Falcon 9 rocket is flying on its third mission.

The first stage, meanwhile, was expected to flip around and plunge back into the lower atmosphere for a landing on the deck of the "Of Course I Still Love You" about seven minutes and 45 seconds after launch. SpaceX has postponed the rocket's mission since mid-November due to booster checks and bad weather at the lift-off area.

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

Organized by Spaceflight Industries, the satellites aboard the rocket come from 34 organizations from 17 countries.

The satellite networks could aid companies tracking agricultural shipments, for example, which are moved without internet access.



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