‘Scrubtober’ sadness: Series of SpaceX and ULA launch scrubs disappoints skywatchers

This rocket carrying a GPS satellite tv for pc for the US House Drive remains to be ready to launch. 


It was a September stuffed with struggling for area followers that now appears to be bleeding over into October as a protracted sequence of launch delays continues with Monday’s scrub of a planned SpaceX Starlink mission

This marks the fifth time the launch has been pushed again prior to now three weeks, and it comes simply three days after SpaceX needed to stand down as soon as once more from launching a GPS satellite for the US Space Force on Friday. That mission has additionally been postponed now a complete of 4 occasions prior to now week. 

The delays aren’t solely affecting SpaceX. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket was set to lift a new US spy satellite into orbit Aug. 27 and has been delayed at least six occasions since, most not too long ago on Sept. 30. 

The postponements have occurred for quite a lot of causes. A number of have been tied to poor climate circumstances close to Cape Canaveral in Florida, however there have additionally been points with launch pad gear, sensors and mechanical issues which have precipitated scrubs. 

Every delay is a schedule-wrecker not just for the businesses and crew instantly concerned within the missions, however for a bevy of area fanatics, (ahem) journalists and different observers who’re hankering for a blast-off. “My interest of watching rocket launches is popping right into a interest of watching rockets sit on the pad whereas individuals say “Abort Abort Abort,” one tweeted

More and more, lots of them have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations, even giving beginning to a brand new hashtag: #Scrubtober (beforehand often known as #Scrubtember).

The scrub-pocalypse has unsurprisingly caught the eye of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who stated Friday that he plans to go to Cape Canaveral in individual to do a assessment of the {hardware} and “regulatory constraints,” amongst different issues. In different phrases, the boss clearly is not proud of Scrubtober, both. 

In the end these rockets will get off the bottom and Scrubtober will finish. Hopefully with out turning into Scrubvember. 

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Eric Mack