SpaceX, a US-based private space company, has again delayed the launch of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle with its Starlink Internet satellite group. This time due to bad weather conditions. She announced the decision shortly before the scheduled launch of the carrier from the Cape Canaveral Cosmodrome in Florida.
“Today’s launch is delayed due to weather”– said the company’s official Twitter account 11 minutes before the estimated launch time of the launch vehicle.
SpaceX also added that it will announce a new launch date later. This is the second launch transfer. Initially, it was supposed to take place in June, but was postponed. The company then decided that it needed more time to conduct additional pre-flight inspections of the Falcon 9 booster.
As part of this launch, the Falcon 9 launch vehicle is to launch another batch of 57 Starlink Internet satellites, as well as two BlackSky private Earth sensing satellites. After this launch, the total number of Starlink satellites put into orbit will be 595. However, it is known that at least one of the previously launched satellites descended from a given orbit, and several others did not reach it.
Recall that SpaceX previously received permission from the Federal Communications Commission (USA) to launch a total of 12,000 Starlink satellites. In the future, the company plans to launch another 30 thousand devices. They should be placed in low Earth orbit at an altitude of 328 to 580 kilometers.
Starlink is the next generation satellite network that can provide Earth’s inhabitants with broadband Internet access. The project began in February 2018. The total investment in the project is estimated at $ 10 billion.
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