HAWTHORNE, CA — Just moments before liftoff, Hawthorne-based SpaceX Thursday delayed a launch of another batch of internet satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The launch was set for 9:14 a.m. California time, but it was delayed 13 minutes before liftoff. SpaceX announced that the delay was to “allow additional time for mission assurance work.”
A new launch date was not immediately set. If a launch can occur on Friday, the forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather and slightly improved conditions in the recovery area.
The Falcon 9 rocket being used for the launch has flown two previous missions, most recently in September. After the eventual launch, SpaceX will again attempt to recover the rocket by landing it on a droneship floating in the Atlantic Ocean.
The mission will propel 60 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit, increasing the size of the array to roughly
SpaceX has asked Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing business to help the rocket company fulfill a $149 million Pentagon project.
For the contract, SpaceX will build four experimental satellites that detect missile launches as part of the Department of Defense’s Space Tracking Layer network.
The contract follows the partial rollout of SpaceX’s ever-growing “megaconstellation” of Starlink internet satellites.
“Microsoft will be doing quite a bit of work as a subcontractor,” Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of SpaceX, said in a video posted Tuesday.
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SpaceX has tapped Azure, a massive cloud-computing service built by Microsoft, to help it develop and operate experimental satellites capable of detecting missile launches all over the world.
Microsoft revealed its partnership with SpaceX on Tuesday as part of its larger announcement of new modular datacenters, or shipping-container-like platforms crammed with cloud-computing resources that can be deployed to remote areas of
SpaceX on Sunday launched another Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 more Starlink satellites to be deployed in low Earth orbit.
The latest Falcon 9 launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida comes just two weeks after the last batch of 60 Starlink satellites and now brings SpaceX’s Starlink constellation to 788 as the company gears up for a public beta of the satellite broadband service. It was the 13th Starlink launch.
“As our Starlink network is still in its early stages, the Starlink team continues to test the system, collecting latency data and performing speed tests of the service,” SpaceX said in a statement.
SpaceX notes that the team also recently installed Starlink terminals on the Administrative Center building and at 20 private homes on the Hoh Tribe Reservation, located in a remote area of western Washington State.
After “Scrubtember” and then “Scrubtober” played havoc with the SpaceX launch schedule, Elon Musk’s rocket company is hustling to get more of its Starlink broadband satellites into orbit. The company’s 14th batch of orbiting routers was sent aloft from Cape Canaveral in Florida Sunday morning, and another set of 60 or so satellites is scheduled to launch from Florida on Wednesday, according to airspace closures.
Sunday’s launch came courtesy of a tower of flames out the end of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage that was making the sixth flight of its career. It successfully landed on a droneship in the Atlantic to possibly fly another day. Both halves of the rocket’s nose cone were also caught by ships equipped with huge nets, although one seemed to at least partially break through the
A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from NASA’s historic Pad 39A here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 8:25 a.m. EDT (1225 GMT) carrying 60 new Starlink satellites for SpaceX’s growing constellation in orbit.
Approximately 9 minutes later, the booster’s first stage returned to Earth, landing on one of SpaceX’s drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean in a smooth touchdown. The massive ship, called Of Course I Still Love You, is one of two in the company’s fleet of recovery vessels that catch falling boosters and
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket fired 60 more Starlink internet relay satellites into orbit Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center with another set awaiting launch Wednesday from the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
With Sunday’s flight, SpaceX has now launched 835 Starlinks in a rapidly-expanding global network that eventually will feature thousands of commercial broadband beacons delivering high-speed internet to any point on Earth. To reach that goal, the company plans to launch at least 120 new Starlinks every month.
The latest Starlink mission, SpaceX’s 14th, got underway at 8:26 a.m. EDT when the Falcon 9’s nine first stage engines ignited with a burst of flame, pushing the slender rocket away from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center atop