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After Week-Long Delay, SpaceX Targets Launch Of First Internet Satellite Constellation

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket stands ready to launch 60 Starlink satellites into orbit. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX will attempt to launch 60 satellites on a single rocket Thursday night from Cape Canaveral, an effort to jump into the Internet service provider market.

The launch attempt comes after a week-long delay. Two attempts to launch the fully loaded Falcon 9 were scrubbed — one attempt due to upper level winds, another was caused by a software issue.

It will be the Falcon 9’s heaviest payload, carrying 60 satellites that will be the first in a fleet of satellites for the private company’s global Internet service called Starlink. SpaceX envisions thousands of satellites deployed by dozens of launches blanketing the globe to provide high-speed Internet anywhere.

The launch window opens at 10:30 p.m. and remains open until midnight. Weather forecasters predict favorable conditions.

Be sure to follow WMFE on Facebook for updates and a live stream of the countdown and launch.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »