Saturday, July 11, 2020

SpaceX set for 3rd attempt to launch Starlink satellites Saturday

Update: SpaceX scrubs its tenth Starlink mission from Kennedy Space Center due to ongoing hardware issues.
Launch fans are hoping the third time's a charm for SpaceX's tenth Starlink satellite mission. The recycled Falcon 9 rocket is now slated to lift off from pad 39 A at Kennedy Space Center today at 10:54 AM. 
The Falcon 9 will fly 57 Starlink satellites and two micro-satellites from Seattle based BlackSky, as part of the SpaceX rideshare program. 
In an effort to fund his ambitious goal of reaching Mars, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is jumping into the broadband internet business with his Starlink satellite constellation. The satellites will provide internet connectivity from space to rural areas. Musk has said he hopes to begin service to customers in parts of North America near the end of the year. 
If today's Starlink launch is successful, the constellation will number around 600 satellites in orbit.

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