A Starlink launch scheduled for 10:12 a.m today was postponed “due to inclement weather during pre-flight operations,’’ SpaceX said in a tweet, adding that the next opportunity for that mission would be Tuesday at 9:29 a.m.
Still scheduled for Sunday night is a satellite launch for Argentina at 7:18 p.m., but forecasters give only a 40% chance for favorable weather for the liftoff.
Both satellites are going up atop Falcon 9 rockets but from different pads: Kennedy Space Center’s launch complex 39A for Starlink and the Argentinian SAOCOM 1B satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 40.
The satellite for Argentina is designed to help emergency responders communicate and to monitor that nation’s environment.
The Starlink launch is set to deliver the 12th batch of satellites into low Earth orbit as part of SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s vision to create a constellation of satellites that can provide affordable internet to even remote parts of the planet.
Since the program started last May, SpaceX has been sending up satellites in rapid succession and hopes to have enough in place to provide coverage to all of North America by the end of 2020. Beta testing of internet speeds already has begun.
Staff writer Mark Skoneki contributed to this report. Want more space news? Follow Go For Launch on Facebook. Email the reporter at [email protected] and follow on Twitter @bycarolineglenn.
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