SpaceX postpones launch of Starlink satellite fleet due to bad weather

James Marshall
January 29, 2020

The launch is scheduled for 9:49 a.m.

Due to strong upper-level winds, SpaceX has rescheduled its Monday launch of a third batch of its network of Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral.

Elon Musk's SpaceX is postponing today's launch of 60 internet communication satellites today aboard its reusable Falcon 9 rocket.

"Twelve launches gets us connectivity with no gaps down to a latitude of roughly 25 degrees (north and south latitude)", SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell told reporters late a year ago.

The launch will include a used (sorry, "flight-proven") Falcon 9 first stage booster. Forty-five minutes after liftoff, two SpaceX boats will try to catch both fairing halves.

SpaceX is reportedly working with scientists to come up with a solution, including the possibility of painting the satellites with a special coating that would make them less visible from Earth. Once these reviews are complete, onboard ion thrusters will get the satellites the rest of the way to their target orbit altitude of 550 kilometers.

This is all part of SpaceX's pursuit of creating a network of satellite to provide affordable internet across the world.

It'll be interesting to see more details on Starlink.

We do know the Starlink constellation works after an AC-130 gunship passed data during a recent exercise.

SpaceX's Starlink satellites will serve an important objective, but astronomers aren't exactly happy about what they've seen from the tiny gadgets so far. The satellites each have on-board propulsion systems and are designed for a controlled de-orbit once they reach the end of their useful life, with SpaceX noting that they're also created to leave behind zero debris once they de-orbit and burn up in Earth's atmosphere. Landing on the droneship "Of Course I Still Love You" northeast of Cape Canaveral is expected about eight-and-a-half minutes after launch.

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