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TechnologySpaceX postpones Starlink satellite launch again, for 'about a week'

05:25  17 may  2019
05:25  17 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 16 (Reuters) - A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday, this time for "about a week," in order to update satellite software and "triple-check everything," Elon Musk's rocket company said.

The delayed mission is designed to carry into low-Earth orbit an initial batch of 60 satellites for Musk's new Starlink global internet service, a venture intended to generate cash for the rest of the billionaire entrepreneur's space exploration ambitions.

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SpaceX postponed the launch 24 hours due to high winds. Starlink is designed to provide affordable internet access to people around the world. But these first 60 satellites won't be nearly enough to get that job done: Six more such launches will be needed to provide "minor" coverage, and

launch 60 satellites into space as part of a project to build a high-speed internet network that would be available anywhere on the planet has had to be postponed due to high winds. His company SpaceX was set to blast a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites into orbit late Wednesday night.

The Falcon 9 rocket and its satellite cargo were originally set to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday night, but the flight was postponed by Space X, citing excessive winds over the launch site.

The launch was rescheduled for Thursday night, and SpaceX said in a midday Twitter message that the "Starlink and Falcon 9 are looking good" and that "winds are better for tonight's launch." Hours later, however, the company tweeted that the mission was being delayed.

"Standing down to update satellite software and triple-check everything again," the company said. "Always want to do everything we can on the ground to maximize mission success. Next launch opportunity in about a week."

No further elaboration was provided to reporters at the Cape.

(Reporting by Joey Roulette in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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