Tencent Technology News, according to foreign media reports, space exploration technology company SpaceX will launch a "Falcon 9" rockets tomorrow morning, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (hereinafter referred to as "NASA") new generation of space telescopes "" The Epiphany Exoplanet Survey Satellite (hereinafter abbreviated as "TESS") is put into orbit.
At 6:32 p.m. on April 16th, US Eastern Time (6:32 p.m. on April 17th, Beijing time), SpaceX will launch the 9th Falcon at the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Rocket, this is SpaceX's eighth launch this year.
This time, Spacex will use the remote-controlled ship that sails on the Atlantic Ocean to recover the rocket. Of course, Spacex is also capable of landing the rockets, but the company stated that landing on a remote-controlled ship will have less impact on boosters.
Spacex also stated that if recovered smoothly, the recovered rocket will be launched again as soon as July of this year to provide supplies for the International Space Station (ISS).
For a long time, NASA's plan to search for extrasolar planets has focused on some distant and faint stars. TESS, on the other hand, will look for exoplanets in the brightest stars around the solar system.
TESS is hailed as "Planet Hunter". It is small but powerful. He has a 1.5 meter wide body and has installed four sensitive cameras to detect changes in the brightness of the planet as it passes through the star. He can discover more planets than the Kepler space telescope. The TESS observation range will be set in a space of 200 light years from Earth, and about 200,000 stars will be observed.
In the future, TESS will take over the Kepler space telescope to observe the signs of extraterrestrial life and find "second earth". After nine years of flying, the Kepler Space Telescope's fuel is insufficient and NASA plans to close it within a few months. During its service, Kepler discovered a total of more than 2,600 exoplanets.
SpaceX delayed the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket with problems with the guidance system
On April 17th, space exploration technology company SpaceX announced this morning that it had delayed the launch date of the "Falcon 9" rocket to tomorrow (April 18).
According to the original plan, this rocket will be launched at Kennedy Space Center at 6:32 am Beijing time this morning. However, SpaceX has just announced that due to additional time for additional analysis of the guidance, navigation, and control system (GNC), it is now decided to postpone the launch date to April 18 (Wednesday) local time.