SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to bring fast broadband to the world. Reaching that high goal depends on 60 satellites. carefully hidden inside a Falcon 9 payload bay. Now you will have to wait at least another 24 hours.
the Starlink The mission is ready to deliver those first 60 Internet satellites to orbit on Thursday, after higher-level winds delayed the original launch on Wednesday night. The successful launch of Starlink will pave the way for a megaconstellation that will eventually contain more than 12,000 of the miniature beasts that provide the internet.
The launch window is scheduled to open at 7:30 p.m. PT and closing at 9 p.m. PT on May 16.
As it is on par with the course for SpaceX now, the company will attempt to land the Falcon 9 propeller on a drone known as "Of course I still love you", floating in the Atlantic Ocean. About an hour after the mission, satellites will be deployed.
If you're the kind of person who loves a spaceship and wants to see it, SpaceX will provide a live broadcast on Thursday on the webcast's homepage. Generally, SpaceX starts transmitting about 15 minutes before launch (7:15 p.m PT, in this case).
The first 60 satellites will be left at an altitude of approximately 270 miles (440 kilometers) above the Earth, if everything works smoothly, and then they will be gently propelled into an orbit of about 340 miles (550 kilometers).
This will be the third time that this reinforcement Falcon 9 in particular has ascended to space, according to SpaceX, with two previous flights in September 2018 and January 2019.
Musk has tried to mitigate the expectations of this first historical display of satellites, saying that "many things are likely to go wrong" and that these first 60 satellites are a test, and offer a demonstration of Starlink's future capabilities. Another six launches will be required before even "minor" coverage is offered.
You can read all about The Starlink plan to master the space on the internet in the practical CNET explainer.
Updated at 5:45 p.m. PT: SpaceX says that the weather conditions are favorable.
Updated 7:50 p.m. PT: SpaceX has mopped today's launch.