a Falcon 9 rocket 60 Starlink satellites were scheduled to be ejected on Tuesday morning (September 1) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. But those plans have been changed, representatives of SpaceX announced today (31 August).
“Now to launch Starlink from launch complex 39A at 8:46 am EDT on Thursday, September 3, pending range approval – the team is using the extra time for data review” SpaceX said this afternoon via Twitter. (“Range” refers to the Eastern Range, US Space Force unit launched from the east coast.)
Now to launch Starlink from launch complex 39A on Thursday, September 3 at 8:46 pm EDT, pending approval of the range – the team is using the extra time for data reviewAugust 31, 2020
SpaceX will attempt to land the Falcon 9 first stage on a ship at sea during Thursday’s Starlink mission. You can see all thursday action Live here on space.com, Courtesy of SpaceX, or Directly through the company.
SpaceX has already launched 600 Starlink satellites to orbit Earth. But the constellation would be much bigger than that, if things went according to plan: SpaceX received approval to scaffold 12,000 Starlink spacecraft and applied for permission to launch about 30,000 more on top of it.
The upcoming Starlink launch was originally targeted for Sunday (30 August), but inclement weather thwarted that effort.
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