SpaceX has pushed back the launch of a Spanish radar observation satellite from California from Sunday until Wednesday. The Paz Earth-imaging spacecraft is expected to ride into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket along with two prototype payloads for SpaceX’s planned Starlink broadband satellite network. The launch Wednesday is timed for 6:17 a.m. PST (9:17 a.m. EST; 1417 GMT).
Even though it doesn’t obey any earthly speed limit and has a space-suited mannequin for a driver, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster won’t drive up his insurance rates anytime soon. Researchers say the sports car won’t have a really close encounter with Earth until 2091 and could last millions of years before getting totaled in a planetary crackup.
Engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center tasked with overseeing launches of scientific satellites and interplanetary probes will be responsible later this year for ensuring six major missions safely get into space over a span of a little more than six months, beginning with the launch of NOAA’s new GOES-S weather observatory on an Atlas 5 rocket March 1.