CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. — Another round of SpaceX's mini-satellites are headed to space.
- SpaceX launches Falcon 9 on 3rd scheduled attempt
- 60 Starlink mini-satellites will make a total of 300 in orbit
- 1st-stage booster missed landing attempt on drone ship
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The company successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Space Coast on Monday morning, carrying 60 Starlink satellites.
The rocket lifted off at the top of the launch window at 10:05 a.m. ET from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
👀 DID YOU SEE IT? 👀 Another batch of Starlink mini-satellites 🛰️ are headed to orbit this morning after a @SpaceX Falcon 9 🚀 blasted off from @45thSpaceWing. Here's more about the #Starlink mission: https://t.co/uQQynSpzF8 pic.twitter.com/9zuGZnY5t1— Spectrum News 13 (@MyNews13) February 17, 2020
The launch was delayed twice. It was originally scheduled for Saturday morning but then poor weather forced SpaceX to push it back to Sunday morning. Then on Sunday, company said on Twitter that it would stand down from that launch try to take "a closer look at a second stage valve component."
Once in orbit, the 60 Starlink satellites launched Monday will make 300 total satellites so far. The Starlink mission will eventually comprise tens of thousands of mini-satellites launched in the coming years that will provide consumer broadband internet service to underserved areas around the world.
There continues to be concern and discussion in the astronomical community about the constellation of Starlink satellites and whether it will literally get in the way of astronomical observations and research.
Unfortunately for SpaceX, the company's secondary mission Monday didn't go as planned: The Falcon 9 first stage booster missed its landing on the company's drone barge far out in the Atlantic.
The next scheduled launch from Florida is at 1:45 a.m. ET March 2.