KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX has once again postponed the Falcon 9 launch for the latest Starlink satellite mission.
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The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tweeted that Saturday's launch was postponed, but did not state why and no rescheduling date was given.
SpaceX is standing down from today’s launch attempt. Once a new date is confirmed, we will post an update!— Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (@ExploreSpaceKSC) July 11, 2020
The visitor complex will open at 9:30 a.m.
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However, SpaceX mentioned in its own tweet that it was allowing more time for "checkouts," but did not give further information.
Standing down from today's launch of the tenth Starlink mission to allow more time for checkouts; team is working to identify the next launch opportunity. Will announce a new target date once confirmed with the Range— SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 11, 2020
The launch was supposed to happen Saturday, July 11 at 10:54 a.m. EST at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
SpaceX had postponed the launch before on Wednesday because of the weather.
This is the 10th Starlink mission for SpaceX, a launch that will also deliver two BlackSky satellites into orbit. The commercial satellites will be used for Earth imaging.
The Falcon 9 will also be shuttling 57 satellites to join the SpaceX StarLink broadband network. The Starlink constellation of satellites aims to improve internet access around the globe with what will eventually be tens of thousands of mini-satellites in orbit.
What makes the mission even more interesting is the fact that the Falcon 9’s first stage was used in SpaceX’s historic Crew Dragon mission that sent U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station from American soil, the first time in nine years.