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TechnologySpaceX Starlink launch scrubbed due to high winds, now set to launch Thursday

06:25  16 may  2019
06:25  16 may  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Falcon 9/ SpaceX CRS 17 scrubbed ; Adding date for PSLV/RISAT 2B; Adding date for Falcon 9/Radarsat Constellation Mission; Adding date for GSLV A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a batch of satellites for SpaceX ’s Starlink broadband network. SpaceX has not yet disclosed how many

SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket at the 11th hour due to high winds , the company announced. The rocket was set to carry the EchoStar 23 satellite into high orbit. The launch was scheduled for 1:35am local time The backup window for this launch opens Thursday at 05:35 GMT.

SpaceX Starlink launch scrubbed due to high winds, now set to launch Thursday© CNET falcon9iridium

Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, wants to bring speedy broadband to the world. Achieving that lofty goal relies on 60 satellites tucked neatly away inside a Falcon 9 payload bay. Now he's going to have to wait at least another 24 hours.

The Starlink mission is set to deliver those first 60 internet satellites to orbit Thursday, after upper level winds delayed the original launch set for Wednesday evening. Starlink's successful launch will pave the way for a megaconstellation that will eventually contain over 12,000 of the miniature internet-providing beasts.

The launch window is now scheduled to open at 7:30 p.m. PT and close at 9 p.m. PT on May 16.

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SpaceX scrubbed its Falcon Heavy rocket launch due to bad weather conditions on April 10. (Photo Credit: SpaceX /Twitter). On Wednesday night, SpaceX initially reset the countdown for an 8 p.m. EST takeoff, and then, high winds further delayed it to 8:32 p.m. EST, which was the end of the liftoff

SpaceX 's Falcon Heavy launch of the Arabsat 6A satellite was scrubbed Wednesday due to strong winds in the upper-level atmosphere in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Another attempt is set for Thursday evening at 6:35 p.m. Delays or postponements can happen because of weather, technical problems

As is par for the course for SpaceX now, the company will attempt to land the Falcon 9 booster on a droneship known as "Of Course I Still Love You," floating along in the Atlantic Ocean. Around an hour into the mission, the satellites will be deployed.

If you're the kind of person who loves a spaceship and wants to watch along, you can follow live at the link below. SpaceX generally starts streaming around 15 minutes prior to launch (7:15 p.m. PT in this case).

The first 60 satellites will be dropped off at an altitude of approximately 270 miles (440 kilometers) above the Earth, if everything runs smoothly, and then they will gently propel themselves out to an orbit of about 340 miles (550 kilometers).

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But the next SpaceX launch , presently scheduled for early Wednesday morning, is worth tuning into. The instantaneous launch window opens (and (Update: About an hour before the launch window, upper-level winds are too high , so SpaceX will gather additional data from a weather at T-25 minutes

Today’s Falcon launch carries 2 SpaceX test satellites for global broadband. If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served. UPDATE: Today’s attempt has been scrubbed due to high upper atmosphere winds . The next attempt window is Thursday February 22 at the same time.

This will be the third time this particular Falcon 9 booster has ascended to space, according to SpaceX, with two previous flights coming in September 2018 and January 2019.

Musk has tried to temper expectations of this first, historic deployment of satellites, saying that "much will likely go wrong" and these first 60 satellites are a test, providing 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 for space internet domination in CNET's handy explainer.

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SpaceX is still in control of all but three of its internet satellites.
How are SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites faring roughly a month after launch? Quite well, if you ask SpaceX. The company reported that it's in contact with 57 of the 60 initial broadband satellites. Although it's not certain what happened to those three faulty satellites, they'll eventually fall to Earth as gravity drags them down. SpaceX also intends to deorbit two of the functioning satellites in order to test the process. It's still early days for Starlink, but it suggests that you won't see a host of dead satellites clogging up Earth's orbit. The concern is more one of scale.

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