It’s one delay that has nothing to do with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic: SpaceX scoured its most recent launch of 60 Starlink satellites Sunday morning and will attempt again Wednesday.
Similarly, as the countdown clock hit zero at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center and the Falcon 9 rocket’s engines started to fire for a split second, the system shut down as an automated abort end was activated.
“Standing down today; standard auto-abort triggered due to out of family data during engine power check,” the organization said via Twitter.
The rocket stacked with the most recent batch of the organization’s broadband satellites was set to make its fifth flight, more than any single SpaceX rocket has ever performed.
SpaceX reported Monday morning that the launch has been rescheduled for 5:16 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday.
The organization has so far propelled more than 300 of the nascent nodes to low-Earth orbit, with plans to have more than 1,500 in space before the year’s over. The long term plan for the mega-constellations could see an astonishing 42,000 satellites circling the planet, beaming high-speed internet to pretty much anyplace.
Nearly from the moment the primary satellites deployed in May 2019, stargazers started sounding the caution about the astounding splendor of the robotic routers, which can meddle with scientific observations of space. An investigation released a week ago from the European Southern Observatory proclaimed that the National Science Foundation’s forthcoming Vera C. Rubin Observatory (presently under construction in Chile) would be “severely affected” by mega-constellations including Starlink and others arranged by OneWeb, Amazon and more.
However, SpaceX and Elon Musk have been steadfast in their affirmations that the splendor issue will be tended to and there will be “zero” effects on scientific revelations, as Musk said during his Satellite 2020 keynote interview Monday.
In any case, for the present, SpaceX is proceeding to increase Starlink launches to remain in front of the competition and meet an FCC achievement necessity that at least 2,212 of the satellites be going by 2024.