SpaceX delays launch of Starlink and BlackSky satellites for more rocket checks

  • SpaceX delays launch of Starlink and BlackSky satellites for more rocket checks

SpaceX delays launch of Starlink and BlackSky satellites for more rocket checks

The US firm reported that the ninth party of the Starlink v1.0 satellites (Starlink V1 L9 or Starlink-9), originally planned to be launched on June 22, will be launched at 23:18 on 26 June. In the meantime, let's compress the information that iOS and Android users have a number of applications that can track Starlink satellites.

"Standing down from today's Starlink mission; team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts, but Falcon 9 and the satellites are healthy", SpaceX wrote in an update on Twitter. "Will announce new target launch date once confirmed on the Range". This is another rideshare mission for SpaceX, organized under the program it introduced previous year, which allows smaller operators to book rides on missions as part of shared payloads, allowing access to launch services for a starting price of around $1 million. The program is meant to assist satellite operators to hitch a ride aboard SpaceX launches. SpaceX aims to provide high speed internet service with 12,000 small satellites by 2027. Additionally, with another launch scheduled after this, SpaceX will be launching five Falcon 9 rocket missions in about a month.

You can watch this week's launch on SpaceX's YouTube channel or the official website while getting constant updates from its Twitter account.

The BlackSky Global spacecraft will deploy sequentially beginning 1 hour and 1 minute after liftoff, and the Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 1 hour and 32 minutes after liftoff. But for now, Starlink missions will place 8,000 satellites in an orbit about 500km above the planet and 4,000 satellites in a 1,200km orbit.

Registration for the beta phase of Starlink is already up.