SpaceX Has Again Postponed The Launch Of A New Batch Of StarLink Internet Satellites Due To Bad Weather
Due to adverse weather conditions, the planned launch of a heavy American Falcon 9 launch vehicle into orbit on Wednesday was postponed, according to the developer SpaceX.
The launch of a two-stage rocket with the next batch of 57 microsatellites to continue the deployment of the global Internet coverage of the Starlink system was planned to be carried out at 11:59 am us East coast time from the launch complex LC-39A at the NASA space center at Cape Canaveral (Florida).
In addition to the Starlink satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket was to launch two small Earth remote sensing satellites, Global-5 and 6, from the American company BlackSky. They are designed for a multispectral survey of the Earth in the optical range with a resolution of about one meter.
The tenth launch of the Starlink group of Internet satellites since may last year has already been postponed several times due to bad weather near the Cape Canaveral spaceport.
The previous batch of 58 Starlink satellites was launched on June 13. The current SpaceX orbital grouping already consists of 538 spacecraft. SpaceX is currently the largest satellite operator in the world.
In the future, SpaceX plans to deploy an orbital grouping of 12 thousand spacecraft of this type (and later - of 30 thousand) to create a full-scale network that will provide Earth's inhabitants with broadband Internet access in any corner of the planet. SpaceX said that in 2020, satellites would provide Internet coverage for the entire territory of North America, and by 2021, almost the entire planet will be covered. The total investment in the project is estimated at $10 billion.