The Falcon 9 rocket booster that sentMay should be recycled again on Tuesday ̵
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. The peeling on Monday was again attributed to the weather. SpaceX tweeted that it is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:29 am ET (4:29 am PT) in Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a 70 percent chance of “favorable” weather.
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 .
Musk has expressed clear disappointment with the series of scrubs after a separate SpaceX mission to launch a GPS satellite for the US Space Force was also delayed.
“We have to make a lot of improvements to complete 48 launches in the next year!” Musk tweeted Friday.
When the Starlink 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 payload of the rocket, the first stage booster returns to Earth to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic.