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.
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.
Earlier Friday, the government announced it will retry Menendez and Salomon Melgen on multiple bribery and fraud charges. Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year sentence for the 63-year-old eye doctor, though Melgen is seeking leniency.
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".
También se encuentra entre las víctimas mortales el cónsul general afgano en Karachi (sur de Pakistán), Waheed Poyan. Este día, al menos 12 murieron en un ataque al Hotel Intercontinental de Kabul , atribuido a los talibanes .
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.
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 .
Collin Sexton, the Crimson Tide's leading scorer, missed his second consecutive game because of an abdominal injury. Mississippi State trailed by a point with a little over 5 minutes left in the game Saturday night at Alabama.
This is when temperatures will be near 32 but a change to just heavy, wet snow is then expected by mid-morning. Paul metro area, northwest Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, winter storm watches are in effect.
A partir del viernes, los suscriptores mensuales nuevos tendrán que pagar 12.99 dólares al mes en vez de 10.99. Esto representa 8.99 dólares (167 pesos) adicionales al mes, cuya tarifa no está aumentando.
The Titans also interviewed Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks for the job. He'd earn a promotion to defensive coordinator in 2017, but a litany of injuries ultimately derailed the team's season.
PM signals action against executives who abuse pension schemes
Several former executives at failed outsourcing giant Carillion received significant pay and perks packages before it collapsed. The prime minister said she will outline plans in the coming weeks to crack down on "abuse" of the system by business chiefs.
Un fuerte sismo sacude Chile y Perú
De momento, las autoridades del Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil no han reportado daños personales y materiales. En Perú la profundidad fue de 139 kilómetros y el movimiento se sintió en las provincias de Arequipa y Moquegua.