How to watch SpaceX give its Starlink satellite launch another go Tuesday after three scrubs

A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


The Falcon 9 rocket booster that despatched NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in Might is ready to get recycled once more Tuesday — following Monday’s scrubbed launch. SpaceX hopes to ship 60 extra Starlink satellites to orbit atop its column of fireplace.  

The launch, initially scheduled for September, has been postponed a number of occasions as a consequence of climate, together with twice final week as a consequence of heavy clouds in a single case and an aberrant floor sensor studying in one other. Monday’s scrub was the third, but once more blamed on climate. SpaceX tweeted that it is planning for 7:29 a.m. ET (4:29 a.m. PT) Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a 70 % likelihood of “favorable” climate.

Elon Musk’s trademark reusable rocket shall be making its third flight when it lifts off from Kennedy House Heart. This particular unit despatched astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in Might after which launched a South Korean satellite in July. To date, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the identical rocket as much as six times

When the launch lastly will get off the bottom, it ought to be pretty routine. It is going to be the 13th Starlink mission up to now, and SpaceX is planning on dozens extra because it grows its broadband mega-constellation.  

One half of the nostril cone, or fairing, atop the rocket has additionally seen two earlier flights, each of them earlier Starlink missions. 


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Following the launch and separation of the rocket’s second stage and payload, the first-stage booster will once more return to Earth to land on a droneship within the Atlantic Ocean.  

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Eric Mack