Update: 11:40 p.m.:
Sunday’s launch attempt has been scrubbed, according to SpaceX. Another attempt is in the works for Monday.
Standing down from tomorrow’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional inspections of the second stage. Working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 2, 2018
For the first time, dozens of small satellites will ride atop a SpaceX rocket, as a Falcon 9 is scheduled to blast into orbit Sunday.
The 64 tiny satellites range from one built by a Florida middle school to measure the viability of thawed bacteria to a Honeywell Aerospace demonstrator that will test new ship communication technology.
All 34 organizations found their way onto the Falcon 9 rocket with the help of a sort of launch services broker — a relatively niche industry that has grown in tandem with the burgeoning small-satellite market.
Small-satellite startups sometimes have little experience buying launches from companies like Hawthorne-based SpaceX and France’s Arianespace, said Bill Ostrove, aerospace and defense analyst at Forecast International. At the same time, these launch service providers are looking for help to coordinate the deluge of developers looking to send small satellites into space, he said.
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