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Bad Weather Has Forced SpaceX To Postpone Starlink Satellite Fleet

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SpaceX unexpectedly rescheduled the launch of their batch of Starlink because of unfavorable weather conditions at their launch point on 27th January. The company postponed the attempt to 28th January. The spaceflight company is based in California and was planning to launch around 60 internet-beaming satellites at around 9:49 a.m. EST (1449 GMT) in Florida at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station from Space Launch Complex even though strong winds at the site caused the delay.

Interested individuals can watch the launching process on space.com, powered by SpaceX, starting at around 25 minutes before liftoff, via SpaceX webcast. You may additionally watch the webcast live from SpaceX. Adverse weather effects have paralyzed both the recovery zone and the launch site for several days. The company finished its pre-launch trial for the mission within the previous week, even though they were forced to work around the atmospheric conditions before actually determining the perfect launch day.

The company recorded a 50% opportunity for successful launch weather on 28th January. The odds are more likely to improve by 29th January, which would move to 80% opportunity of successful launch weather, as per the 45th US Air Force weather squadron. The company ended up standing down 28th January as a result of strong winds. The next most likely launch chance is on 29th at 24:28 UTC or 9:38 a.m. EST.

This will mark the third SpaceX launch for this year. The leader of the mission is a well-known veteran flyer who has completed two missions under their belt. The rocket, which is dubbed B1051.3, recently hosted a capsule of Crew Dragon as one of SpaceX’s uncrewed missions to Demo-2 (the space station) in March last year together with a trio of observing satellites for Canada in June last year. SpaceX’s fourth-round Starlink satellites are tucked in the nose cone of the rockets and are created to offer worldwide internet access.

The company hopes that its ongoing constellation to ultimately number over 40,000 satellites. If everything works out according to their plans, the launch is expected to raise the number of satellites to over 200. According to Musk, SpaceX will require more than 800 satellites for moderate coverage 400 satellites in orbit for simple broadband. The company proclaims that they could start by offering broadband internet services in the US for some time in this year with approximately half a dozen additional launches.

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