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The start, originally planned for September, has been postponed several times due to the weather, including twice in the past week due to heavy clouds in one case and a different ground sensor in another. Elon Musk’s company now says it will be arriving Monday at 7:51 a.m. ET / 4:51 p.m. PT for another attempt.
Elon Musk’s reusable rocket will fly for the third time when it takes off from the Kennedy Space Center. That particular unit sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit in May and thenin July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket .
When the launch finally begins it should be pretty routine. It will be the 13th Starlink mission, and SpaceX is planning dozens more as it expands its broadband mega-constellation.
Half of the nose cone or fairing on the missile also saw two previous flights, both previous Starlink missions.
After the launch and the separation of the second stage and the rocket’s payload, the first stage booster returns to Earth to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic.
SpaceX will be streaming the whole thing over the following livestream, starting about 10 minutes before launch.