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Update: Port Canaveral and the Coast Guard on Sunday confirmed the ship ‘Harmony of the Seas’, the Royal Caribbean ship that crossed the missile danger zone. The investigation is ongoing.
The next attempt to get started is still set for 6:11 pm EST Monday, January 31st.
On Sunday evening a cruise ship went into the airspace of the Falcon 9 rocket, forcing SpaceX to get down from work again and prepare for a 24-hour turn.
Missile engineers counted from the Cape Canaveral Space Station to the EST liftoff at 6:11 pm and waited as long as possible to resolve the Coast Guard situation, but eventually did not have time to meet the immediate window deadline. The launch complex marked the fourth delay for previously scrubbed work due to bad weather around 40.
In a fifth attempt to launch the Italian space agency Earth observation satellite, the teams are now targeting 6:11 pm EST Monday, January 31st. If unable to fly in time, SpaceX will focus on the National Security Payload on February 2 at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, before re-focusing on the Cape.
At least 90% of the weather for Monday’s attempt is expected to “go”, according to the Space Force.
SpaceX only identified the ship as a “cruise liner” and, late Sunday, did not respond to Coast Guard inquiries. A Port Canaveral spokesman said a Coast Guard investigation was underway.
The Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and MSC Cruise’s Meraviclia are scheduled cruise ships from Port Canaveral on Sunday.
The Sunday launch was scheduled to fly to the southeast, a pavement that was unused from 1960 to 2020. New technologies have enabled SpaceX to relaunch north-south polar missiles from Florida, which will fly parallel to the coast but also target pilots and sailors. Look for different exclusion zones. Risk areas, designed to mitigate the risks to people in the event of a rocket failure, are provided prior to each mission.
Earlier this month, Space Launch Delta 45 It issued a statement warning pilots and sailors that there would be more than five polar launches in January alone. Sunday’s release marks the fourth.
“The 2022 launch speed is exceptionally projected in January with only five poles and seven total missiles,” Air Force Major Jonathan Chool said in a statement. “Due to the unique southern lanes, air and sea traffic on the southeastern coast of Florida will be severely affected.”
“We request all pilots and sailors to double check the Air Force Notices (NOTMAR) and Maritime Notices (NOTMAR) to ensure that they are fully aware of all missile operations pending on Space Coast this historic month,” Szul said.
On Sunday, Scrub postponed a SpaceX mission to Monday: another Falcon 9 rocket company’s 37th batch on the Kennedy Space Center’s Bat3A will have to wait a little longer for its mission to launch Starling Internet satellites. The elevator is set for 2:17 EST, but will be delayed by 21 minutes each day.
For the latest information, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.
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