SpaceX standing down from Saturday’s launch ‘to allow more time for checkouts’

James Marshall
July 13, 2020

SpaceX was set to try to launch its next batch of Starlink satellites today with a couple of Earth observation satellites along for the ride, but pulled the plug about 90 minutes before the planned liftoff. A second delay on July 8 was caused by weather.

The 10th Starlink mission, part of an effort to provide low-priced internet access, was originally scheduled for June 26 from Cape Canaveral in Florida but was scrubbed at the last minute to allow for more pre-flight equipment checks. This new batch would have brought the company close to 600 active satellites. It's unclear exactly how many satellites will ultimately be included in the constellation.

The company SpaceX plans to launch mid 2020 launch 12 thousand satellites for Internet distribution throughout the world.

Landing information and facts: About eight minutes immediately after liftoff, the Falcon 9 rocket's initially-stage booster will target an automatic landing on the Of Training course I Continue to Appreciate You drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. For this launch all the Starlink satellites are equipped with a visor that can be deployed to block sunlight from hitting the brightest places of the spacecraft.

In the beginning, SpaceX tried using launching a so-identified as "darksat", which was basically a Starlink satellite with a dim coating, but the results from this solution ended up mixed.

Relying on when SpaceX reschedules this launch, the organization could have back-to-again launches upcoming 7 days as it is by now preparing for anotherlaunch. It all depends on what sort of Falcon 9 checkouts the company needs to perform and when they can reschedule the launch. The 45th Space Wing issued a forecast for that launch attempt, putting chances at only 30% to 50% for good weather on launch day taking into account a almost four-hour launch window, but with an improving forecast of 50% to 60% in the event of a 24-hour delay.

"The trough of low pressure that extends down the eastern seaboard and across Florida will remain almost stationary through early next week, resulting in continued unsettled weather", the Space Wing forecast said.

"On Saturday, there will be northwest to southeast shifting showers and storms that will create in the late morning and early afternoon across Central Florida", in accordance to the 45th Climate Squadron forecast. Officials cited thick clouds and the potential for triggered lightning being the reason for a possibledelay. Our team is working to determine the next possible launch date.

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