US government shutdown delays SpaceX Falcon Heavy spacecraft for its test fire until on Monday from Kennedy Space Centre (KSC), according to the reports.
Florida Today reports that, “Due to the shutdown removing key members of the civilian workforce, the 45th Space Wing will not be able to support commercial static fires taking place on KSC. Without our civilian workforce, the 45th SW is unable to support launch operations as well.”
The 45th Space Wing is the unit of United States Air Force dedicated space missions. The reporters also said that initially it was not clear whether the static test could be taken without a support by the 45th Space Wing, or the test will be kept on hold till the civilian personnel are no longer confined.
The reports added that, “The space walk by NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle, scheduled for Tuesday, will go on as planned, but if the shutdown continues into next week, they may not be broadcast because NASA TV is likely not considered mission essential.”
Zeb Scoville, spacewalk flight director at NASA informed last week that both ground support staff and ISS crew members from engineers to controlling mission will continue the job. if the US government shutdown goes on, it may impact also on the launch of communications satellite by SpaceX that is scheduled on 30th January from Cape Canaveral.
However, the planned test fire of SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket has been already delayed for several times. The requisite test was scheduled later today, after the supposed fueling test made yesterday.