A large American spy satellite was successfully launched orbiting Saturday from central California, given that the continued closure of the government threatens to disrupt plans to launch future commercial, civilian and potentially military cargo. The National Intelligence Service satellite has dropped out of the Vandenberg Air Force at 11:10 local time, with the main engines of the 1,6 million pound missile performing as expected and the upper stage igniting about six minutes after the flight. The missile was delivered to the United States Air Force, a joint venture
Originally planned for early December, the mission was the 11th launch of the most powerful and expensive version of the Delta IV rocket, a version that many Pentagon legislators and planners want to replace with cheaper variants. Air Force and ULA officials said they planned to rely on the heavy truck model, perhaps at the end of the next decade, or until alternative amplifiers were tested, tested and proven to be equally reliable.
Representatives of the launch, the satellite and the missile industry have expressed concern that the continued release of a federal officer could have a negative impact on missions departing from the start-ups run by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other spacecraft. forces are not affected by the current budget dispute, but military shots require civilian licenses and other government approvals that could fall into the current partial exclusion.
Lockheed Martin warned in his bill that the budget is a threat to the launch of a commercial satellite for a Saudi client. Lockheed Martin needs approval from the government to put into operation a Russian cargo plane for landing from California to Florida. The company also indicated the schedule for some planned military launches later this year.
Partial braking has already hit at least one missile launch, Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies Inc., which earlier this month was forced to postpone the planned time. launching his Sarge missile from a place in New Mexico. Officials of the Federal Aviation Administration were not available to deal with the changes to the company's start-up license in Texas. Several industry representatives have also identified potential barriers to other projects stemming from delays in obtaining some US export licenses. the long-awaited launch of a commercial capsule by the Elon Musk spacecraft crew could have fallen since mid-February, partly due to problems with government staff. The demonstration mission, with no astronauts on board, will mark a milestone in NASA's efforts to resume US missile launches and spacecraft for the first time since the 201
Envisioned to emerge from the NASA site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA's free plans include keeping employees at the workplace free of charge to help with "space shooting, protecting human life and property, and, among other things, continuing the progress of SpaceX's demonstration mission. with the SpaceX mission unchanged
However, industry representatives said it was too early to say whether NASA could adequately support the February mission, including conducting final technical reviews. Local news reports show that only a small portion of Kennedy Space Center employees are suspended and remain on duty.
SpaceX said it monitored the impact of holidays on the manifesto of other commercial launches. NASA said it worked with SpaceX to complete "hardware testing and joint examinations" to prepare for the launch of the crew-capped "no earlier than February".
– Doug Cameron contributed to this article. Andy Pastor at email@example.com