The ride to the sunset was temporarily postponed. The SpaceX Company called off what was to be the launch of a deep-space observatory last Sunday. The countdown was aborted at 2.5 mark at Cape Canaveral when a problem with rocket-tracking device was discovered.
The schedule was moved this coming Monday if everything works out fine. SpaceX will be trying a launch once more and at the same time a landing of the first-stage just minutes of each other.
The objective of this mission is to launch a government owned Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite whose main job is to track solar outbursts. Three government organizations are collaborating together for this project which include NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Air Force.
The spacecraft is a remake from what then Vice President Al Gore’s conceived Earth-gazing satellite in the later part of the 1990s.
Gore was present during the launch and expressed his sincere thanks to the people there who helped in fulfiling his dream.
Aside from the launching, another aim of this mission is to try to land the auxiliary booster on a platform built in the ocean for this purpose. It is located 400 miles off the Florida coast. Last month’s attempt fell short of its goal.
The observatory’s task will include measuring global warming, Gore said, and the photographs coming from it will help convince world leaders ‘‘to take action to save the future of human civilization.’’
Together with Gore was Democratic senator Bill Nelson of Florida who flew with one of the shuttle missions while he was still a congressman in 1986.
Other functions of the $340 million project is provide real time on strong solar activities which have the ability to disrupt communication towers and air travel.
The $340 million mission is meant to provide a heads-up on intense solar activity that can disrupt communications, power, and air travel.
NOAA’s director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo., Tom Berger, compares it to a tsunami buoy.
In order not to repeat the problems that led to last month’s failure to land the booster, SpaceX put more hydraulic fluid into the first-stage this time for the guidance fins. The fluid was used too soon last Jan. 10.