SpaceX pushes Starlink satellite launch to Thursday morning

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SpaceX pushes Starlink satellite launch to Thursday morning

The 45th Weather Squadron earlier gave the launch a 90-percent “go” forecast.

SpaceX says it needs a little more time before launching the next batch of Starlink satellites into space.

The company tweeted the planned Tuesday evening launch has been pushed to 3:13 a.m. Thursday, March 11, for additional time for pre-launch checks.

The 45th Weather Squadron earlier gave the launch a 90-percent “go” forecast. 

The upcoming mission with 60 Starlink satellites will mark the 21st batch sent into space.

“The goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe,” the Kennedy Space Center wrote.

In total, nearly 12,000 satellites are planned to be deployed, with a possible later extension to 42,000.

SpaceX will once again use the Falcon 9, which is a two-stage rocket to lift the latest fleet into space. 

The first-stage booster’s nine engines will take care of lift-off and carry the rocket to an altitude of about 62 miles, which is just on the edge of space. It will then return to Earth and land on droneship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean.

Then, the second stage separates and fires its own single-engine to take the payload into orbit. 

Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously supported the launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration mission, the ANASIS-II mission, a Starlink mission, and the launch of Dragon’s 21st cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. 

The second stage of the Falcon 9 is not recovered. SpaceX says that the additional mass of the required heat shield, landing gear, and low-powered landing engines would incur too great a performance penalty. 

You can catch the launch live from SpaceX or tune into 10 Tampa Bay where we will be streaming live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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