23 January, 2018
SpaceX confirmed that the static fire test will be affected by the USA government shutdown, and will not take place until operations have resumed with the government. 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.
Despite being a private company, SpaceX requires government assistance for almost all of their rocket test launches and static fires. The telescope itself is located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where it completed a deep cryogenic test late past year simulating the conditions it will experience in space. SpaceX told Engadget that all launch operations will be delayed until the civilian employees of the 45th Space Wing return to work.
The launch of the Falcon Heavy will represent a watershed moment in spaceflight history.
"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", a spokesperson for the 45th Space Wing said in a statement.
File photo of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its launch pad in California.
Intel tells users to stop deploying buggy Spectre patch, citing technical issues
Spectre affected almost every modern computing device, including those with chips from those companies and Advanced Micro Devices. Intel also said it had identified the root cause of the reboot problem in its older Broadwell and Haswell processors.
Trump and May to meet for talks in Davos
We [might be] below investment grade but we are hopeful. "I think Cyril Ramaphosa should be in South Africa. He is to discuss the issue during his State of the Union address to the US Congress on January 30.
Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams suffer first-round exits
And clearly, so did No. 10 seed and No. 13 seed, who both lost Monday (all three played in last year's US Open semifinals). Nadal drew as much attention for his attire, going back to a sleeveless look for the first time in almost a decade.
Meanwhile in New Zealand Sunday, U.S. space startup Rocket Lab launched its first successful mission with its Electron rocket from the Mahia Peninsula.
If Falcon Heavy eventually passes its static fire test and successfully launches, it will become the most powerful rocket in operation since the Saturn V took Apollo astronauts to the moon. This policy is brought somewhat into question by the failure of Amos-6 - although that Falcon 9 was being prepared for a static fire test, its highly-destructive failure is understood to have occurred at least five or more minutes before the planned point of ignition. The Falcon 9 rocket is set for launch January 30 with a military communications satellite jointly managed by SES and the government of Luxembourg.
"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. "It also impacts critical missions for our customers, including important worldwide allies scheduled to launch shortly from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base".
United Launch Alliance's next mission is scheduled for March 1 with NOAA's GOES-S weather satellite.
That said, private companies are usually unaffected.