While SpaceX is a wholly private space launch company, it relies nearly unilaterally upon launch support and range expertise provided by NASA and the US Air Force, both in Cape Canaveral, FL and Vandenberg, CA. That engine test is a prerequisite for launching the rocket for the first time.
SpaceX confirmed that the static fire test will be affected by the United States government shutdown, and will not take place until operations have resumed with the government.
Such an extended shutdown would be utterly unprecedented, but if 2017 and 2018 have done anything at all, they've tempered tendencies towards knee-jerk claims of "that'll never happen!"
Private space launch company SpaceX is the latest victim of the Democrat-led government shutdown. Because of the pad's location, SpaceX relies on support from the Air Force's 45th Space Wing, which oversees launches and operations at both KSC and the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The Falcon Heavy, which will carry Elon Musk's own Telsa Roadster skyward whenever it's finally ready for its maiden flight, was slated for a test firing of its engines in advance of its expected debut launch.
In a statement to news site The Verge on Monday, the Air Force's 45th Space Wing, which is tasked with keeping the public safe during launches, said that the shutdown has caused it to remove "key members of the civilian workforce" from its efforts. "Without our civilian workforce, the 45th SW is unable to support launch operations as well".
If the shutdown continues, it may also affect the launch of a SpaceX communications satellite which is scheduled for January 30 launch from Cape Canaveral.
"This shutdown impacts SpaceX's Falcon Heavy demonstration, which is critical for future [national security space] missions", John Taylor, a SpaceX spokesperson, said in a statement. SpaceX really needs to do the static-fire in January, but depending on how long the government is shut down, it is foreseeable the tests won't be done until sometime in February. "It also impacts critical missions for our customers, including important worldwide allies scheduled to launch shortly from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base". SpaceX and Air Force told The Verge that all launch operations have been affected, not just the static fire. The Senate was scheduled to vote on reopening the government today at noon, ET.
However, it is understood that Dortmund are open to selling Aubameyang this month if they can seal a replacement first. Arsenal , meanwhile, sit sixth in the Premier League, 23 points behind leaders Manchester City.
QUITO, 19 ene ( Xinhua ) - La canciller de Ecuador, María Fernanda Espinosa, participará en la II Reunión Ministerial del Foro China-CELAC que se efectuará del 19 al 22 de enero en Santiago de Chile, informó hoy su despacho.
Lo que llamó la atención de varios usuarios, además del cuerpazo de la rubia, fue el comentario que Bechara escribió: "bebito ". Ailén Bechara está de vacaciones en Santa Clara del Mar , junto a su pareja, el representante de futbolistas Agustín Jiménez .
That request came a week after Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten said he felt the Raiders had complied with the rule . But there is no requirement to report an interview with any candidate, minority or otherwise, from outside the league.
Think you can do better than Lawro? Harry Kane is, once again, banging in goals and is now the league's top goalscorer with 20. Dele Alli has five goals and three assists in his last four league games against Southampton .
This time, 66-year-old Marilyn Hartman of Grayslake made it all the way to London with no ticket and no passport. In that case, Hartman was given probation after pleading guilty in a February 2016 trespassing charge .
Werder Bremen: Pavlenka; Bargfrede, Veljković, Moisander; Bauer, Delaney, Eggestein, Gondorf, Augustinsson; Junuzović, Kruse. Son ya 16 puntos los que ha conseguido abrir en la tabla el equipo muniqués, lanzado a un nuevo título.
Xbox One X India Launch Likely on January 23
However, without any kind of leaked information, it's nearly impossible to tell what could be made available next month. Microsoft already has in store a great piece of hardware that fans are looking forward to testing as soon as possible.
Fourth seed Zverev dumped from Australian Open by Chung
Meanwhile in another match played at the Hisense Arena, Tomas Berdych overpowered Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Even in the fourth set, you know, after I lost my serve, I think I still played well. "I don't want to stop here".
Abuse in home of torture was 'extreme, pervasive, extended'
David and Louise Turpin have both appeared in court, accused of holding their 13 children in shackles at their California home . They also lived mostly at night, out of sight of neighbors, and knew virtually nothing of the outside world, prosecutors added.