Cafe Planning to Broadcast SpaceX Launch after Delays

Another SpaceX rocket launch has been delayed until Feb. 18.

In keeping the theme of his business, Satellite Café and Wine Bar proprietor Drew Cuddy said he had planned to rebroadcast the 6:17 a.m. Feb. 17 first West Coast SpaceX launch of the year, but the event has been delayed for at least several days. 

The delays reportedly came about because of the need to complete pre-launch systems checks.

The SpaceX rocket will carry Spain’s first radar PAZ, or “peace,” satellite into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

“We’ll rebroadcast; hopefully we can score a little weather delay and watch it live,” said Cuddy, who opened the café last year in front of Impact Hub, 1117 State St. Satellite opens at 11 a.m. every day. 

Earlier this month a crowd gathered inside Satellite Café to watch a SpaceX rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and landing of two boosters.  

The 3,000-pound satellite being launched this weekend was developed by commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus. 

PAZ has a radar-imaging payload to “address civilian needs with multiple applications” with its views of Earth, according to HISDESAT, the Spanish government satellite services operator, which helped develop PAZ. The agency works in the areas of defense, security, intelligence and foreign affairs. 

Cuddy said he would like to broadcast many SpaceX launches. His café is home to scores of NASA and other space-themed memorabilia, include an actual space suit. 

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