BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — SpaceX has rescheduled its planned Falcon 9 rocket launch attempt to early Thursday morning, according to the 45th Space Wing.
SpaceX is targeting a launch time of 3:42 a.m.
What You Need To Know
- SpaceX launch now targeting Thursday, March 4
- Sunday's countdown stopped with 1 minute, 24 seconds left
- Falcon 9 rocket is carrying another batch of Starlink satellites
SpaceX had decided to move the planned Tuesday launch, citing unfavorable weather conditions. The forecast for Thursday's launch is 90% "go", according to the 45th Space Wing.
The first launch try Sunday night was aborted with just 1 minute, 24 seconds remaining. Controllers didn't say what prompted the stoppage, only that the payload and rocket "remain in good health."
A second launch opportunity Monday was passed up after SpaceX said there were poor weather conditions in the recovery area.
SpaceX said unfavorable weather at both the launch and recovery sites were a reason for delaying the launch again. The company also said there was a range conflict, but did not elaborate on what it was.
Now targeting no earlier than Thursday, March 4 for launch of Starlink due to a Range conflict and unfavorable launch and recovery weather— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 2, 2021
The payload of 60 Starlink satellites will join a fleet of more than 1,000 broadband mini-satellites already in orbit. They'll eventually make up a network of thousands designed to provide “reliable and affordable” internet services across the globe.
SpaceX plans to land the Falcon 9’s first stage rocket booster on one of its drone ships located in the Atlantic Ocean. If successful, it will be the eight launch and landing for this booster.