Because a cruise ship was nearing the launch site’s no-go zone, an operator called off the operation approximately 30 seconds before SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was set to lift off Sunday evening.
In a statement, US Coast Guard spokesperson David Micallef said, “We can confirm the cruise liner was Harmony of the Seas.” “The Coast Guard is looking into Sunday’s cruise ship incident and the SpaceX launch’s postponement.”
It was an “isolated occurrence that occurred outside of our control,” according to Port Canaveral CEO John Murray.
The Coast Guard, according to Murray, is conducting a complete investigation into the incident.
On Monday and Tuesday, Royal Caribbean did not reply to Insider’s requests for comment.
Outside of US operating hours, the Coast Guard did not immediately reply to Insider’s request for comment.
According to the company’s website, the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship is 1,188 feet long, 215.5 feet wide, and can accommodate more than 6,600 passengers across 18 decks.
SpaceX attempted to launch the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 mission, which entails delivering an observation satellite for the Italian Space Agency into orbit, for the fourth day in a row on Sunday.
On Monday, SpaceX launched the rocket into space, making it the company’s fourth launch in a month.
According to CNBC, the launch put Elon Musk’s company on schedule to meet its stated target of flying 52 missions in 2022, or four rockets each month.
SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, founded by Elon Musk in 2002) is an aerospace manufacturer and space launch vehicle/transportation service provider. SpaceX produces and operates Falcon 9 Full Thrust medium-lift launch rockets as of 2022.
Royal Caribbean, oddly enough, has its own “space voyage” project, the Orbiter of the Galaxies.
The Cruise Ship Incident
“The cruise ship was the Harmony of the Seas, we can affirm. The Coast Guard is looking into the cruise ship incident on Sunday that resulted in the SpaceX launch being postponed. Our first priority is the safety of sailors at sea, and we will continue to work with our federal, state, and local port partners to ensure that waterways are safe and navigable.” According to David Micallef, a spokeswoman for the United States Coast Guard.
Currently, the Harmony of the Seas is on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean trip. On Sunday, the ship sailed from Port Canaveral, Florida, to Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and Coco Cay, Bahamas, before returning on February 6 to Port Canaveral.