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SpaceX pushes rocket launch back to Sunday

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Grady Vargas | 05 January, 2018, 14:38

One of them is a time-lapse video that shows the Falcon Heavy going vertical at the 39A launchpad, the very same launchpad at Nasa's Kennedy Space Center that saw the historic launch of the Apollo 11 moon rocket.

SpaceX announced Thursday it was postponing the Friday launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, with the secretive government payload known as Zuma, to Sunday. "Launch end of the month", he wrote.

SpaceX said extreme weather slowed down operations, causing the delay.

Till Wednesday, when Grayson was already the talk of the country, the Elon Musk company was still targeting a Friday launch, saying it had performed a propellant loading test successfully and that an additional static fire test was not needed.

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Falcon Heavy would be launched by January end. SpaceX later released photos of the vehicle being encapsulated in the rocket's payload fairing. Musk also says that the Falcon Heavy will be "the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two". Excitement on launch day guaranteed, one way or another.

SpaceX does have some customers for the Falcon Heavy queuing up, however.

If that demonstration mission is a success, SpaceX has at least two more Falcon Heavy launches planned for 2018, of the Arabsat 6A communications satellite and the Space Test Program 2 mission for the U.S. Air Force, although the timing of those missions is uncertain.

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