When To See SpaceX Launch That Was Postponed 4 Times, Most Recently Because of Cruise Ship

The SpaceX launch of an Italian satellite from Florida has been delayed again and is now scheduled to take place on Monday evening.

The launch of a COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station had to be halted on Sunday after a cruise ship entered the "hazard area" that needs to be clear for safety reasons, according to the company.

SpaceX called the launch off with just 33 seconds to go until lift-off. The company is now targeting a fifth launch attempt on Monday at 6:11 p.m. ET.

"Standing down from today's launch of COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 due to ship in the hazard area; team is setting up for next opportunity tomorrow, January 31 at 6:11 p.m. EST," SpaceX said in a tweet Sunday.

The previous four launch attempts were scuppered because of poor weather conditions around Cape Canaveral.

The mission will involve a Falcon 9 rocket—SpaceX's 230-foot tall, reusable, two-stage launch vehicle. The first stage of this launch system is capable of returning to Earth to be flown again multiple times.

After launching as part of the latest mission, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will separate from the second stage and return to Earth, touching down on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Meanwhile, the second stage will deploy the satellite in low-Earth orbit.

SpaceX will be providing a livestream of the mission that can be viewed here or below. The broadcast will begin about 15 minutes prior to liftoff.

COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation is a collaboration between the Italian Space Agency, the Italian Ministry of Defense and the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Scientific Research.

The system consists of two satellites (CSG-1 and CSG-2) that observe the Earth using synthetic aperture radar (SAR)—an emerging form of radar that can be used to create two-dimensional or three-dimensional reconstructions of landscapes.

SAR bounces microwave radar signals off the Earth's surface to detect physical properties. Unlike optical observation technologies, SAR can essentially "see" through darkness, clouds and rain.

The first of the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation satellites launched in December, 2019 aboard an Arianespace Soyuz rocket. The latest SpaceX launch will carry the second satellite into orbit.

According to the European Space Agency, the purpose of the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation mission is to "monitor the Earth for the sake of emergency prevention, strategy, scientific and commercial purposes, providing data on a global scale to support a variety of applications."

These applications include risk management, cartography, forest & environment protection, natural resources exploration, land management, defense and security, maritime surveillance, and food & agriculture management.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on June 3, 2017 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its latest launch has been affected by a series of delays. Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images