Dubbed “SSO-A: SmallSat Express”, the mission was to lift from Vandenberg’s Air Force Base in California on a Falcon 9 rocket at 1:31 EST (1831 GMT) before landing on a Pacific Ocean Navy. Eventually, this would be the third launch and landing of this “Block 5” Falcon 9 rocket launcher – a historic first for SpaceX’s reusable rockets.
But now the rocket and its flock of small satellites will land to at least Saturday (December 1), according to the US Air Force 30th Space Wing in Vandenberg. “SpaceX Falcon 9 SSO-A launch is delayed due to weather,” wrote the 30th spacewreck on Facebook.
SpaceX later added in a tweet that the delay was due to extreme high altitudes and that the company would announce a new launch date “once confirmed by Range.”
This is the second time this month as the SSO-A mission has been delayed. A previous launch attempt, November 19, was postponed “to perform additional preflight inspections,” said SpaceX officials. SpaceX has not yet issued a statement about today’s delays.
Not only will the SSO-A mission make history by launching and landing a reusable rocket third time, but it will also be the biggest missionary move to launch an American rocket, according to Spaceflight.