SpaceX delays plans to send space tourists to circle moon

SpaceX delays plans to send space tourists to circle moon

SpaceX delays plans to send space tourists to circle moon

SpaceX will go for its 11th successful launch of the year early on Monday, with a mission to send a communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. The initial launch was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled for more testing.

SES-12 is capable of broadcasting and providing broadband data services focused on the high-growth Asia-Pacific region. But the company announced the need for additional tests to the rocket's upper stage.

The Falcon 9's booster previously launched the U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B spacecraft last summer. The first stage successfully landed during a flight in September, but was allowed to crash into the sea Monday because it's being discontinued.

Instead, the moon flight will now take place in the middle of 2019 or later, the Wall Street Journal reported, though the company founded by Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk hasn't officially updated its timetable for the moon launch.

Engineers and technicians with SpaceX are presently assessing the health and resiliency of that booster to ensure that these Block 5 variants can be flown multiple times without significant refurbishment. The SES satellite will be one of the company's largest.

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