The Falcon 9 rocket booster that was sentin May will be restored when SpaceX sends 60 more to circle on top of his column of fire, but it did not happen Thursday as planned.
The launch, originally scheduled for September, has been postponed several times due to the weather, including on Monday morning when heavy clouds above Florida̵7;s Cape Canaveral prevented the launch at the last second. On Thursday, another launch was scrapped 18 seconds before blasting due to a deviating ground sensor reading. A new launch date has not yet been announced.
“All in a day’s work for the launch team. They will investigate, diagnose probable cause, solve the problem and get ready for the next launch attempt,” tweeted SpaceX spacecraft operator Siva Bharadvaj.
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 once again return to Earth to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic.
SpaceX will stream the whole thing, from about 10 minutes before launch. When a new launch date is announced, we will update this post and you can also plan to watch here.