CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX was planning to send another round of Starlink satellites to space from Cape Canaveral on Friday, but announced at 2 p.m. that the launch will be rescheduled.
Standing down from today’s Starlink mission; team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts, but Falcon 9 and the satellites are healthy. Will announce new target launch date once confirmed on the Range— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 26, 2020
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The launch was slated for 4:18 p.m. SpaceX has not announced a new launch date yet, but when the mission does launch it will take with it the third batch of Starlink satellites launched this month.
The rocket will also carry two Earth observation microsatellites for Blacksky Global.
“They get a cheap ride – much cheaper than buying the whole rocket,” said Dr. Ken Kremer with Space UpClose. “So that’s the advantage to these small companies as long as the rocket is going where they want their satellite to go.”
The launch is part of a larger mission by SpaceX to provide high-speed internet access around the word.
Once the SpaceX satellites launch, it will bring the total number in space to around 600.
You'‘ll be able to watch the launch LIVE here.
Weather report from the @45thSpaceWing has improved tomorrow's launch to 70% favorable weather. It's the summer in Florida, so the worries for an afternoon launch are almost always the same.. (anvil clouds, cumulus cloud rule) pic.twitter.com/YHYZ2aaoi0— Jon Galed (@JonGaled) June 25, 2020
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