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Weather Delays Monday SpaceX Starlink Launch, But Tuesday Morning Calls For Favorable Launch Conditions

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral ahead of a launch of 60 Starlink satellites. Photo: SpaceX

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Update (08:04 PM): SpaceX has scrubbed Tuesday’s launch attempt due to rough seas at the booster recovery site. Another launch attempt is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:04 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral. Earlier story:

SpaceX will make another attempt to launch 60 internet satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral. They’ll be part of the company’s network of internet satellites called Starlink blanketing the globe with broadband access.

Attempts last week to launch the fleet were delayed due to rough seas at the booster landing location. It’s a unique weather constraint for SpaceX — the company routinely lands its first stage boosters to reuse them, lowering the cost of launching satellites into space.

An attempt Monday was scrubbed mid-countdown due to strong upper level winds. SpaceX is now targeting a launch Tuesday at 9:28 a.m. ET.  The 45th Weather Squadron forecasts favorable weather at the launch site for the attempt. While the squadron doesn’t predict upper-level winds when issuing launch probability, models show favorable upper-level wind forecasts over the Space Coast for Monday’s attempt.

So far, the company has launched four batches of 60 satellites for the constellation, but SpaceX will need dozens more launches to complete Starlink. Once finished, there will be thousands of these tiny satellites in orbit.

The constellation has drawn criticism from astronomers. Streaks of the satellites can be seen from ground-based telescopes, obscuring observations. SpaceX is testing an anti-reflective coat to lower Starlink’s visibility.


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