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Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET

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Frank Williams | 04 December, 2018, 02:51

The launch is now postponed until at least December 3 for "additional inspections".

However, the Falcon 9's payload fairing - an enclosure that protected the satellites during launch - missed a landing net on the barge and ended up in the ocean. The ride share was put together by Spaceflight Industries, which purchased all the room on the rocket from SpaceX to resell for the mission it calls SSO-A SmallSat Express.

The upper stage of the Falcon 9 is set to deploy a total of 64 cubesats and smallsats representing 34 different organizations and 17 countries. Eastern, carrying 64 satellites to low Earth orbit.

The rocket booster previously launched Bangladesh's Bangabandhu-1 satellite in May and the Merah Putih (formerly Telkom-4) satellite in August for Telkom Indonesia.

'Eight of the satellites on board a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base will be from companies hoping to build a truly global Internet of Things by revolutionizing satellite communications, ' Wired reported.

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Sunday's planned launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc has been delayed 24 hours.

Reusability is a major goal of SpaceX founder Elon Musk's rocket program.

Going into Monday's flight, SpaceX's record stood at 19 successful drone ship recoveries, 11 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and one at Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles.

South Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology also confirmed that the launch of their new satellite, which, among other cargo, is expected to be sent to orbit by Falcon 9 launch vehicle, was postponed.

Some of those smaller satellites aim to build an internet network capable of supporting smart devices back on Earth's surface. And companies including SpaceX and OneWeb are racing to send constellations of thousands of high-speed internet satellites into low-Earth orbit. It has often re-used the first stages of Falcon 9 rockets, but Monday's launch was the first time the same rocket was used a third time. One of these interstellar-bound objects will also pay tribute to Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., the first African -American astronaut.

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