The crisis in the US government: the rocket launch SpaceX Falcon Heavy is postponed

Because of "the crisis of the US government," the expected launch of the first heavy rocket SpaceX Falcon Heavy, which was supposed to happen until the end of January this year, has been postponed indefinitely. The fact that the US Congress has not yet found a common agreement on the budget for 2018, so the work of all federal programs suspended. And we are talking about the present termination of some government institutions, suspension of planned programs, as well as sending many employees of state structures in the unpaid leave.

The crisis in the US government: the rocket launch SpaceX Falcon Heavy is postponed

Such incidents in the US are frequent and very costly to the state treasury. For example, the last such crisis occurred in 2013 and brought to the US losses of 24 billion dollars. In general, over the past 40 years, the country became a witness to more than a dozen of these "government defaults". It should be noted that this affects not only government agencies but also private companies like SpaceX in our case.

Portal The Verge reports that the suspension of the government's work has led to the delay of the test launch rocket sveryahtyazhelogo class Falcon Heavy.

"This event affected the demo launch Falcon Heavy rocket from the company SpaceX, which bears critical importance for future space missions," - quoted by The Verge According to the company SpaceX John Taylor.

The 45th Space Wing United States Air Force was told that because of the crisis forced the government at the time of discharge of the work of the staff, without which the Office is not able to support commercial launches.

"Due to the cessation of work and as a consequence of the absence of key personnel in the field 45th Space Wing is not yet able to provide support for static tests at the Kennedy Space Center. In addition, deferred all the planned launches. "

In this case, NASA announced that the two planned exit ISS astronauts into space in January-February is still held. Such missions will take place in the period unchanged.

Western media noted, not all government agencies suspended their work. It continues to operate the postal service, various medical facilities, security services, police, and public legal body. The latter so generally, apparently, all the near future will have to work in emergency mode to eventually settle all bureaucratic obstacles that hinder the adoption of the new budget.

The crisis in the US government: the rocket launch SpaceX Falcon Heavy is postponed

Static tests SpaceX Merlin rocket engine

As for SpaceX, the Falcon Heavy launch of super-heavy launch vehicle for the company to become the starting point for a new level of space exploration. Earlier Elon Musk said that as part of its plans to launch a company to go into space its own the Tesla Roadster electric red, in the cabin which will play a song David Bowie's Space Oddity. When it will this launch - now unknown. The new budget, the US Congress will certainly still will end up, but when it happens - is unclear. At the same time, the SpaceX note that this delay affected not only the launch of Falcon Heavy, but also the implementation of the private for-profit company's orders.

"Pausing affected the performance of important missions for our customers, including major orders from our international partners, which launches from Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Base is planned for the near future. Under the blow fell and the future mission of supply the International Space Station ", - said Taylor.