SpaceX Starlink launch called off to 'maximize mission success'

CNET | 5/16/2019 | Jackson Ryan
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Falcon 9 sits ready on the launchpad for the final Iridium NEXT mission.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to bring speedy broadband to the world, providing a megaconstellation of satellites that swarm around the Earth like a flock of internet-capable pigeons looking for some bread.

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OK, bad analogy, but for Musk to achieve his lofty goal, SpaceX will need to successfully launch 60 satellites currently tucked neatly away inside a Falcon 9 payload bay. After high winds delayed the mission Wednesday, SpaceX has again decided to stand down to "update satellite software and triple-check everything again." The next launch opportunity will be in "about a week."

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

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The Starlink mission is set to deliver those first 60 internet satellites to orbit when it finally launches. Provided everything goes as planned, the launch will pave the way for a satellite megaconstellation that will eventually contain over 12,000 of the miniature internet-providing boxes of future tech.

As is par for the course for SpaceX now, the company will attempt to land the Falcon 9 booster on a droneship known as "Of Course I Still Love You," floating along in the Atlantic Ocean. Around an hour into the mission, the satellites will be deployed.

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