SpaceX delays Starlink launch again to update satellite software2019-05-17 15:04 by Daniela
Tags: SpaceX, Starlink
A SpaceX launch with Starlink satellites was postponed again for "about a week," in order to update satellite software and "triple-check everything," Elon Musk's rocket company said. The Falcon 9 rocket and its satellite cargo were originally set to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday night, but the flight was postponed by Space X, citing excessive winds over the launch site.
Now, SpaceX noted that it wants to do everything it can on the ground to maximize mission success. Reports indicate that the 60 satellites have some among their numbers with possible software or hardware faults. The assumption is that the satellites will need to be updated by hand and with 60 of them in a small space that could take time.
In a tweet, SpaceX offered this explanation:
"Standing down to update satellite software and triple-check everything again. Always want to do everything we can on the ground to maximize mission success, next launch opportunity in about a week."
The goal of the SpaceX Starlink constellation is to have 12,000 satellites flying in low Earth orbit and providing Internet connectivity anywhere on the planet. SpaceX gained FCC approval for its Starlink constellation assuming it could launch at least 6,000 satellites in the next six years. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said that in the initial launches things are expected to go wrong. He also says that for minor coverage at least six more sets of 60 satellites are needed and to get stronger coverage at least 12 more sets of 60 satellites.
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