SpaceX Postpones 3rd Starlink Launch

SpaceX has postponed Tuesday’s scheduled launch from Cape Canaveral due to poor weather in the recovery area, according to a SpaceX spokesperson, reports.

SpaceX is targeting Wednesday morning for the Starlink 3 rocket launch.

The launch is targeted for 9:06 a.m. ET.

The launch has also been postponed on Thursday and Monday due to inclement weather forecast in the recovery area.

Starlink 3 will carry the fourth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network.

After liftoff, SpaceX will attempt to recover the first-stage booster engine on a drone ship ‘Of Course, I Still Love You’ stationed out in the Atlantic.

The launch comes off the heels of a successful abort test launch the Crew Dragon capsule. 

The launch served as one of the final steps before SpaceX and NASA can send astronauts back into space. They simulated what would happen during a disaster, as the Dragon crew capsule separated from the Falcon 9 rocket and deployed parachutes for a gentle splashdown. 

Given the success of the test, the chief engineer/designer of SpaceX, Elon Musk, said that it is probable that the first crewed launch will occur in the second quarter of 2020. However, NASA still needs to decide if this mission will be for a shorter or longer duration, as this will affect the launch date.

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