SpaceX postpones launch of Starlink satellites indefinitely

James Marshall
July 1, 2020

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch at 9.18pm BST on Friday, June 26, with a new batch of 60 Starlink satellites.

SpaceX is standing down from today's launch in order to allow additional time for pre-launch checkouts in advance of its tenth Starlink mission. This is another rideshare mission for SpaceX, organized under the program it introduced past year, which allows smaller operators to book rides on missions as part of shared payloads, allowing access to launch services for a starting price of around $1 million. SpaceX teams are evaluating the next earliest launch opportunity and will announce a new target date once confirmed on the Range. The program is meant to assist satellite operators to hitch a ride aboard SpaceX launches. Falcon 9 and its payloads, 57 Starlink satellites and 2 satellites from BlackSky, a Spaceflight customer, remain healthy. SpaceX aims to provide high speed internet service with 12,000 small satellites by 2027.

Another Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX fired on fire will take the United States army's third GPS satellite (GPS III SV03) into space on June 30.

The number of Starlink satellites in-orbit will increase to about 600 but it is still long ways from the eventual goal.

However, you might be able to see the deployed satellites later in the evening and subsequent evenings - updated times to follow. The satellites, part of the Starlink constellation, fly around the planet in chain-like formation providing internet connectivity which is touted to be fast, affordable and will be available even in the most remote regions of the world.

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