SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites Tuesday, breaks scrub streak

A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


House followers have been starved for motion these days, with three huge missions repeatedly scrubbed and postponed over the previous a number of weeks. However early on Tuesday, SpaceX lastly ended the streak that became known as #Scrubtober (and beforehand generally known as #Scrubtember) with the launch and deployment of 60 new Starlink satellites through a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. 

This Starlink mission was the Falcon 9 rocket booster’s third flight total. It 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

The Falcon 9 first stage landed once more on the droneship Of Course I Nonetheless Love You within the Atlantic about 8.5 minutes after launch Tuesday. SpaceX additionally reviews that it caught not less than one of many fairing halves that flew on two earlier missions.

The launch, initially scheduled for September, was postponed a number of instances, together with twice final week as a result of heavy clouds in a single case and an aberrant floor sensor studying in one other. Monday’s scrub was but once more blamed on climate. 

One other SpaceX mission to launch a US Space Force GPS satellite has additionally been scrubbed a number of instances, most not too long ago on Friday. In the meantime, United Launch Alliance has been trying to get one of its Delta IV Heavy rockets off the bottom since August, however has been delayed not less than six instances. 

Musk expressed his clear frustration with the sequence of scrubs final week.

“We might want to make a variety of enhancements to have an opportunity of finishing 48 launches subsequent 12 months!” Musk tweeted Friday.

Musk is unquestionably happy to see the spell of Scrubtober damaged.  That is the 13th Starlink mission thus far, and SpaceX is planning on dozens extra because it grows its broadband mega-constellation.  

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Eric Mack