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May 16th, 2019

Hold the Launch x 2 ... Erring on the Side of Caution SpaceX Scrubs Launch of Sixty SpaceX Starlink Satellites


SpaceX announced another delay of the precedent setting launch of the first 60 of SpaceX's Starlink satellites. SpaceX plans to use the satellites to start a high-speed internet network, aiming to launch up to 12,000 of them eventually. 

Although the weather had improved today as opposed to the upper-level winds that delayed yesterday's launch SpaceX's aim was for a 10:30 p.m. launch but tweeted about 8:29 p.m. that it was standing down "to update satellite software and triple-check everything again." It will try again in about a week, the tweet said. With a new service launching for the first time, SpaceX founder Elon Musk had acknowledged on Wednesday that "much will likely go wrong."

SpaceX’s Starlink is a next-generation satellite network capable of connecting the globe, especially reaching those who are not yet connected, with reliable and affordable broadband internet services.

Falcon 9’s first stage for this mission previously supported the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in September 2018 and the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019.

Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately one hour and two minutes after liftoff, the Starlink satellites will initiate deployment at an altitude of 440 km. They will then use onboard propulsion to reach an operational altitude of 550 km. 

SpaceX's live launch coverage will start about 15 minutes before liftoff. To watch SpaceX's live launch webcast or to learn more about the mission, visit spacex.com/webcast.