Antonio Manaytay – Fourth Estate Contributor
Cape Canaveral, FL, United States (4E) – SpaceX finally had deferred test firing its three-core new Falcon Heavy rocket due to massive US government shutdown which started at midnight on Friday. The delay would affect the checkout operations prior to the rocket’s first flight.
“Due to the shutdown removing key members of the civilian workforce, the 45th Space Wing will not be able to support commercial static fires taking place on KSC (Kennedy Space Center),” the Wing in a statement said.
All scheduled launches that supposed to take place at KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are indefinitely put on hold until the US Congress can find ways to resolve the shutdown, the Wing added.
Earlier, SpaceX engineers had conducted the test before the static test fire by fuelling the 230-foot-tall and 40-foot-wide rocket twice at 39A pad of the KSC.
The new Falcon Heavy rocket with its 5.1 million pounds thrust will be the most powerful rocket in the world. SpaceX’s new rocket can take in heavier payloads to space.
The delay of the test fire, a necessary procedure before the rocket will be launched on its premiere mission, had cast a doubt on the capability of NASA to operate on a normal level during the government shutdown.
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