US government shutdown ruins SpaceX plans for a Falcon Heavy test fire

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The US government is a dumpster fire fueled by greed and corruption, and now it's messing with SpaceX's awesome Falcon Heavy rocket. The government shutdown — which is the result of Congress failing to reach a deal on a spending bill despite the fact that the House, Senate, and White House are all controlled by Republicans — has led many government employees to be furloughed. Unfortunately for SpaceX, some of those employees are vital to their planned Falcon Heavy test fire and could lead to a delay in the planned first launch of the rocket, too.

The Falcon Heavy, which will carry Elon Musk's own Telsa Roadster skyward whenever it's finally ready for its maiden flight, was slated for a test firing of its engines in advance of its expected debut launch. However, in order to properly conduct the test, SpaceX needs help from the US Air Force, and the government shutdown means many of the people involved in the test won't be showing up to work.

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US government shutdown ruins SpaceX plans for a Falcon Heavy test fire originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 22 Jan 2018 at 10:27:07 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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