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"It's like a giant catcher's mitt, in boat form", SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told reporters after the Falcon Heavy launch on February 6, reported.

But now, due to the need of some final checks for the upgraded Falcon 9 fairing, the launch has been delayed. The Falcon Heavy rocket will now help propel a number of space missions that weren't technologically feasible until now.

Paz won't be riding alone on the recycled Falcon 9.

SpaceX is slated to launch a rocket from a pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:17 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

SpaceX has a good reason to want to recover the Falcon 9's payload fairing.

The rocket fairing costs in the neighborhood of $6 Million USD, so getting more than one use out of that specific rocket part could conceivably drive SpaceX launch costs - which are already pretty ridiculously low - even lower.

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The total cost of a Falcon 9 launch is estimated to be about $61 million. We should know soon enough if Mr. Steven is a success.

'It's like a giant catcher's mitt, in boat form.I think it might be able to do the same thing with Dragon, ' he added. The primary payload on Falcon 9 rocket is the 3,000-pound Paz.

Together with the Paz on the mission, there will be two experimental Microsat satellites which will be used for a 20-month test of technology for Starlink, a network of thousands of satellites which could be capable of delivering 5G service to billions of people.

The payload fairings are clam shell-like nose cone halves that protect the craft's payload.

The space company has also re-used first-stage and second-stage rocket boosters, in addition to a previously flown Dragon spacecraft. The estimated cost of Falcon 9 launch is now at around $63 million, assuming total expendable configuration, so cutting a potential $6 million from that total, on top of reusable booster benefits, could be significant.

The plan is to launch the first of two prototypes for its "vast satellite-internet constellation".

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