SpaceX is Cleared for Falcon 9 Launch; Has the Weather Favorability Improved?

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a Starlink satellite payload on Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit SpaceX

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a Starlink satellite payload on Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit SpaceX

U.S. company SpaceX has postponed for an indefinite date the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket with the ninth group of Starlink satellites, the company said in a Twitter post, Trend reports citing TASS.

With last week's Starlink mission, SpaceX also launched 3 SkySats made by Planet Labs as part of its SmallSat Rideshare Program.

The mission today will take off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the Falcon 9 booster used for this mission has flown four times previously, including for Crew Dragon's first uncrewed demonstration mission, as well as twice before for earlier Starlink missions.

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Because of the new launch time, it will NOT now be visible as it passes over the UK. Another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch a global positioning satellite for the U.S. Space Force on Tuesday (June 30) from a pad at the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. According to CNET, this pace of launch missions would put SpaceX on the tracks of setting a new company record for most launches in a year.

The number of Starlink satellites in-orbit will increase to about 600 but it is still long ways from the eventual goal. SpaceX has plans to deploy 12,000 satellites by mid-2020s which can be potentially increased to even 42,000. Starlink satellites will be deployed in a circular orbit, as was done on the first through fourth Starlink missions. The launch will carry 57 of SpaceX's Starlink satellites, which will join the existing constellation in space in order to prepare for SpaceX's launch of Starlink broadband internet service.

Registration for the beta phase of Starlink is already up.

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