This weekend’s SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral now targeted for Monday

SpaceX says team taking closer look at second stage valve component

SpaceX Falcon 9, on left, and Starlink satellites in the rocket nose cone.
SpaceX Falcon 9, on left, and Starlink satellites in the rocket nose cone.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX is now targeting Monday to launch another round of internet-beaming satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40.

The launch was delayed from Saturday due to bad weather. On Saturday, SpaceX said it was standing down for Sunday’s launch, adding that the “team is taking a closer look at a second stage valve component.”

SpaceX is now targeting 9:59 a.m. Monday for the launch.

The booster supporting the fifth Starlink mission previously launched and landed during three other missions, according to SpaceX, including on two space station cargo supply run and the launch of the JCSAT-18/Kacific1 mission.

This will be the fifth Falcon 9 launch dedicated to SpaceX’s Starlink constellation. The company and CEO Elon Musk are working to create a space-based internet using satellites that beam internet signal down to Earth, even to remote areas.

Most recently, SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral bringing the companies total to 240 in low-Earth orbit, more than any company currently operating spacecraft.

Launching 60 satellites at a time SpaceX plans to send up another round of Starlink spacecraft every few weeks, eventually, operating a fleet of thousands.

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