Third time's a charm? SpaceX hopes to launch 60 Starlink broadband sats into orbit tonight

www.theregister.co.uk | 5/23/2019 | Staff
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket could be lobbing 60 Starlink satellites, the company's heaviest payload yet, this Thursday evening.

Hopefully, the launch will be successful this time round. The first attempt on May 15 was thwarted by “excess upper level winds”. The second attempt, a day later on May 16, was postponed so engineers could “update software and triple-check everything again”.

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Now, SpaceX will have another crack at it. It’s expected to blast a Falcon 9 projectile from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, from 2030 ET, 1930 PT, or 0230 UTC onwards. You can watch the live launch right here.

The flight is part of SpaceX’s mission of establishing a massive network of thousands of satellites to beam low-latency, high-bandwidth broadband down to us Earthlings. Before then, however, 60 of these Starlink satellites will have to do.

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CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture of a Falcon 9 packed with stacks of the satellite organised in neat rows. There’s little room in the rocket compared to the time Musk booted red Tesla Roadster off into space for the Falcon Heavy test flight in 2018. Tonight’s launch will be the...
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