KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX called off an attempt to launch another batch of Starlink satellites Friday, just two weeks after its last Starlink mission.
A Falcon 9 rocket launch was set for a 4:18 p.m. ET liftoff today from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, but SpaceX said it "needed additional time for pre-launch checks." It said the payload was fine.
SpaceX did not provide another launch attempt time.
Forecasters with the 45th Weather Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base had given an 80 percent chance of favorable weather Friday.
When it goes up, the rocket is set to deliver another 57 Starlink satellites, along with two satellites from another company called BlackSky.
SpaceX has more than 500 Starlink mini-satellites in orbit right now, with thousands more expected to be launched in the coming years. This is the 10th Starlink mission.
The Starlink project, according to SpaceX, will provide low-cost internet to underserved areas around the world.
The company continues to keep busy — it's due to launch another Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SpaceX is sending a satellite into space for the U.S. Air Force. It's possible the Starlink mission will be delayed until after this launch.
A month ago, SpaceX embarked on its first crewed mission, carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station. NASA has indicated the first window of opportunity for their return is in August.