The Falcon 9 rocket he sentin May it will be recycled again the following Tuesday . SpaceX hopes to send 60 more orbit atop its pillar of fire.
The launch, originally scheduled for September, has been postponed several times due to the weather, including two last week due to heavy clouds in one case and an abnormal ground sensor reading in another. Monday̵
Elon Musk’s reusable rocket will make its third flight when it takes off from Kennedy Space Center. This specific unit sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit in May and beyondin the month of July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to .
Musk expressed his clear frustration with the scrub series, after a separate SpaceX mission to launch a GPS satellite for the US Space Force was also delayed.
“We will have to make a lot of improvements to be able to complete 48 launches next year!” Musk tweeted on Friday.
When the Starlink launch finally takes off, it should be pretty normal. It will be the thirteenth Starlink mission so far, and SpaceX is planning dozens more as its mega-constellation broadband grows.
One half of the cone, or fairing, on top of the rocket also saw two previous flights, both of which were former Starlink missions.
After the launch and separation of the second stage and the rocket’s payload, the first stage booster will return to Earth again to land on a drone in the Atlantic Ocean.