SpaceX delays plans to send tourists around Moon, says report

GETTYA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a TESS spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral in April

The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off early Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Space X has delayed the launch of Falcon 9 from the scheduled date to June 4 due to further testing requirements needed towards the rocket's departure and success.

Over the next five years in the SES-12 service region, SES expects 80 million more direct-to-home television viewers, "and obviously, this satellite will be a great way to deliver that content to the homes across all of Asia-Pacific", Hemingway said.

The launch was, of course, the highlight of the event but the breathtaking photos that followed were the real winners. This delay is the second time the company is postponing the launch of the communication satellites.

Elon Musk's SpaceX announced back in February previous year that, in late 2018, it would fly two paying space tourists around the Moon and back to Earth.

SpaceX later tweeted "Successful deployment of SES-12 to a geostationary transfer orbit confirmed".

Notably, the Falcon 9 is a 230 feet long rocket, which will carry a communication satellite atop.

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"We get a lot of performance from this vehicle", Halliwell said of the Falcon 9.

'So five seconds more to burn, a little bit more fuel, and it completely changes the dynamics of the project'. The Block 5 variant of the rocket, optimized for reusability, has flown a single time, on May 11.

After operational missions with the crewed Dragon capsule were underway for NASA, SpaceX had planned to launch the private tourist moon mission.

The launch was set to attempt liftoff on Friday, with a launch window set for 12:29 a.m.

The firm launched the Block 5 for the first time on May 11 following a botched attempt the day before in which a flight was aborted less than a minute before lift-off.

"SpaceX also is confronting industry doubts about market demand for its Falcon Heavy rocket", it said.

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