TESS mission launch postponed
The launch of the TESS mission scheduled for the night of April 16-17 has been canceled. SpaceX, whose Falcon 9 rocket is to carry the telescope, has announced the need for additional analysis of the rocket’s navigational controls.
The rocket with the TESS telescope on board was originally scheduled to launch at 0:32 a.m. from Cape Canaveral. However, the launch has been canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday, April 18. All because of the need to analyze the navigational control of the missile – GNS (guidance navigation control) system, ktory are responsible for putting TESS into a proper orbit.
Standing down today to conduct additional GNC analysis, and teams are now working toward a targeted launch of @NASA_TESS on Wednesday, April 18.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 16, 2018
NASA specialists assure that everything is in the best possible order and that they hope that wkrotce TESS will start hunting for new extrasolar planets.
Launch teams are standing down today to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control analysis. The @NASA_TESS spacecraft is in excellent health and remains ready for launch on the new targeted date of Wednesday, April 18. Updates: https://t.co/EtvbrndhXi https://t.co/SUA6gOflCN
— NASA (@NASA) April 16, 2018
If nothing stands in the way, the launch should take place on Wednesday, April 18.
Headohe primary objective of the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) mission is to search for and study exoplanets. The telescope is expected to focus on the search for extrasolar planets wokoł stars relatively close to the Sun. The telescope is expected to eventually be in a high elliptical Earth orbit with a planetary orbital period of 13.7 days. The TESS mission is expected to last two years, and scientists estimate that they will find thousands of new exoplanets during its duration. The researchers hope that someore of them will be close enough to Earth to be studied in depth by available instruments.