CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After reports of upper level winds, SpaceX says its standing down on its Falcon 9 rocket launch from the Space Coast Wednesday night. Its mission is to bring internet service to every corner of the globe.
- Launch scrubbed due to upper level winds
- All the tiny Starlink satellites are in the rocket
- Elon Musk says goal is to launch 1,000 of them a year
- Get more space coverage
According to SpaceX, the launch will be rescheduled Thursday at 10:30 p.m. EDT.
The Falcon 9 rocket has 60 small satellites tucked into the payload fairing. These are Starlink satellites, and they are just the first of thousands that will be launched. It's the heaviest payload ever for commercial company SpaceX.
The satellites will be deployed about an hour after liftoff. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the goal is to launch 1,000 of them a year.
Once in orbit, each of them can maneuver, on their own, to avoid collisions in space.
SpaceX's goal is to create a massive constellation of satellites that orbit the Earth to provide space-based, high-speed internet access to virtually anywhere in the world, especially places where no cell phone or internet service is available.
Elon Musk tweeted about the mission.
Much will likely go wrong on 1st mission. Also, 6 more launches of 60 sats needed for minor coverage, 12 for moderate.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2019
When it is all said and done, Starlink could be made up of nearly 12,000 satellites.
"A large constellation of satellites is going to enable the coverage necessary for people in those remote areas to get the critical information they need to potentially make life saving decisions," said Dan Batcheldor, Head Of Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Tech.
FULL FALCON FACE UP: 5 PM Update 5/13: Amidst continung drenching rainstorms the coast has cleared just enough to reveal full #SpaceX #Falcon9 with payload fairing attached holding 60 #Starlink1 satellites. Static fire later this evening . @SpaceX Launch NET May 15 1030 PM pic.twitter.com/KoMuzmI3yE— Ken Kremer (@ken_kremer) May 13, 2019