Published: Sat, July 27, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Sonic Booms Across Central Florida After SpaceX Launch, Landing

Sonic Booms Across Central Florida After SpaceX Launch, Landing

On the evening of 24 July, the company SpaceX has postponed the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket due to poor weather conditions at the launch site. There's only a 30 percent chance that weather will cooperate this afternoon, the same odds as yesterday when SpaceX tried to launch this mission the first time.

"The morning of July 25, the weather looked much the same but cleared up just in time".

Jessica Jensen, SpaceX's Director of Dragon Mission Management, said: "We are still inspired by all of the Apollo missions and are excited to continue to work with NASA as they continue to explore the universe". Jessica Jensen, director of Dragon mission management at SpaceX, said at a pre-launch press conference July 24 that the static-fire test was delayed to correct a small liquid oxygen leak detected in the first stage.

The Dragon spacecraft, riding on top of the rocket, is headed to deliver supplies, science equipment and a new docking mechanism that will be used for spacecraft carrying people.

The reusable booster for the rocket landed at the Air Force station after launch, causing sonic booms on the Space Coast and over parts of central Florida. This is the first time when Dragon will do three missions in space.

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Boeing Co. and SpaceX have contracts to ship American astronauts to the space station as a feature of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, and both were relied upon to lead two test flights - crewed and uncrewed - by the end of the year. So. the launch was postponed for a day, and SpaceX hopes that the Dragon will be able to break through the storm.

Dragon will spend about four weeks docked to the ISS before returning to Earth.

Dragon is also outfitted with four ceramic heat shield tiles that are being tested for use on the Starship, SpaceX's next-gen spacecraft now under development. "While it is largely the same vehicle, the system that was involved in our in-flight abort test anomaly is not on the cargo Dragon 2 vehicle".

The cargo mission is stuffed full of gear, supplies and experiments.

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