First SpaceX launch in a month delayed another day

A Block 5 Falcon 9 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


The next SpaceX launch has already been pushed back multiple times and now Elon Musk’s rocket company is taking one more day to check everything over before sending another commercial satellite to orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

It’s been about a month since its last launch, and despite a successful test firing earlier in the week, SpaceX has pushed back the plan to heave the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite off the planet from Saturday to Sunday night.

“Rocket and payload are healthy; additional time will be used to complete pre-flight checkouts,” the company announced on Twitter Thursday.

The rocket carrying the satellite is a brand-new Block 5 model and the company will attempt to land and recover it via its Atlantic drone ship, “Of Course I Still Love You,” according to Everyday Astronaut.

The mission was originally set for July but has been delayed several times. SpaceX launched a companion satellite, Telstar 19 Vantage, in late July. 

The launch will be streamed by SpaceX, and we’ll embed the feed on this page when it becomes available. Typically, the show starts about 15 minutes before launch, which is set for 11:28 p.m. ET on Sunday.

First published Sept. 5 at 10:53 a.m. PT.
Update 7:45 a.m. PT on Sept. 7: Adds new launch date.

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