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SpaceX postpones Monday rocket launch at Vandenberg Space Force Base

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Posted at 10:20 AM, Oct 03, 2022

UPDATE (4:10 p.m.) - SpaceX is postponing the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket that was scheduled for late Monday afternoon at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

In a Twitter post, the aerospace company said it needed more time for pre-launch checkouts.

The launch could take place on Tuesday, but SpaceX said if the Crew-5 mission remains on track for a Wednesday launch, it could be pushed back further.

The Crew-5 mission will send two NASA astronauts, one Japanese astronaut, and one Russian cosmonaut aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. The launch is currently scheduled to take place at noon Eastern time at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

(10:20 a.m.) - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with another batch of Starlink satellites is set to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Monday, Oct. 3.

The launch is scheduled for 4:56 p.m.

The rocket will carry 52 Starlink satellites into orbit. Starlink is SpaceX's high-speed broadband satellite internet service designed to reach rural and remote communities.

About eight minutes after liftoff, SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket's first stage booster on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean so it can potentially be used again. The booster being used in this launch was used in four previous missions.

A live webcast of the launch is scheduled to begin about five minutes before liftoff.

If Monday's launch is scrubbed there is a backup opportunity at 4:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4.