Weather concerns have prompted SpaceX to push back a launch attempt of Starlink satellites by another day. The company now is targeting 9:06 a.m. Wednesday from Cape Canaveral.
SpaceX had initially planned to launch Monday morning, but due to weather conditions that was changed to Tuesday. Then, on Monday evening, the company announced another slip to Wednesday “due to poor weather in the recovery area” for the first stage booster landing at sea.
Even while launching from Florida, SpaceX has dealt with a number of winter weather delays for recent launches. The Starlink delays follow a delay due to high seas in the landing area for an abort test of the company’s Crew Dragon capsule earlier in January.
SpaceX is attempting to beat several competitors into space that have new high-speed internet networks, including OneWeb, Amazon and Telesat. So far, SpaceX is winning the race.
SpaceX has 182 of its dinner table-size Starlink satellites in orbit, each weighing about 573 pounds. The rocket scheduled to lift off Monday carries 60 more satellites. SpaceX intends ultimately to launch tens of thousands of satellites to beam broadband around the globe.
SpaceX previously launched 60 Starlink satellites at a time in May and November and Jan. 6, with two test satellites launched before that.
by Paul Brinkmann
Washington DC (UPI) Jan 27, 2020