The Falcon 9 rocket booster that was sent1; after Monday’s scrubbed launch. SpaceX hopes to send 60 more in May will be recycled on Tuesday ̵ to circle on top of its column of fire.
The launch, which was originally scheduled for September, has been postponed several times due to weather, including twice last week due to heavy clouds in one case and a deviating ground sensor reading in another. Monday’s scrub was the third, but again signposted on the weather. SpaceX tweeted that it plans at 7:29 a.m. ET (4:29 PT) Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a 70 percent chance of “favorable” weather.
Elon Musk’s reusable rocket will make its third flight as it takes off from the Kennedy Space Center. This specific device sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit in May and thenin July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to .
When the launch finally comes off the ground, it should be pretty routine. It will be the 13th Starlink mission to date, and SpaceX is planning on dozens more as its broadband mega-constellation grows.
Half of the nose shots, or cover, on top of the rocket have also seen two previous flights, both previous Starlink missions.
After the launch and separation of the rocket’s second stage and payload, the first-stage amplifier will return to Earth to land on a drone in the Atlantic.