SpaceX Will Try Again To Launch Internet Satellites

Ruben Fields
October 25, 2020

Had SpaceX managed to avoid three days of delay, Starlink-14 would have seen the B1060 break the B1058 record with three days.

Eventually, the Tesla boss added, the goal would be to launch 1,000 Starship flights to Mars every year - an average of three per day. Approximately one hour later, all 60 satellites drifted safely away from the rocket's upper stage. Thirty seconds before the second engine shutdown (SECO-1), the booster B1060 lit the central Merlin 1D engine and slowed it down to landing the Bullseye in a drone spacecraft.

SpaceX will try to launch the company's next batch of Starlink satellites on Saturday, after an issue with a camera forced it to scrub an attempt earlier this week.

Last week, SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites aboard Falcon 9 rocket to be deployed in low-Earth orbit, bringing the constellation to 788 as the company gears up for a public beta of the affordable satellite broadband service.

"At 14 stories tall and traveling upwards of 2,900 miles per hour (1,300 m/s), stabilizing Falcon 9's first stage booster for landing is like trying to balance a rubber broomstick on your hand in the middle of a hurricane", wrote SpaceX.

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SpaceX was supposed to launch the satellite payload on Thursday, but about 10 minutes before liftoff it was called off.

Despite the delays, SpaceX is inching closer to being able to offer everyday Internet users the chance to surf the web using Starlink.

Over its more than a decade of launch operations, SpaceX has forged the path for reusability.

Earlier it was reported that the launch of SpaceX's crewed spacecraft Crew Dragon to the International Space Station was postponed. Starlink-14, including the Falcon 1 and Falcon Heavy, marked the 100th successful launch of SpaceX after the company's first success in September 2008.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX will make another attempt Saturday to launch 60 internet satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Perhaps at a distance of only 3 launches across 1000 satellite markers. Because of its regulatory approval, SpaceX can launch more than 12,000 small satellites in multiple orbital planes. "Our innovation areas include simulating space missions, discovering insights from satellite data, and fuelling innovation both on the ground and in orbit", the company said.

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