A launch of the Starlink satellites and two BlackSky satellites had been due to take place from Florida tonight. A new date has not yet been set. SpaceX tweeted: “Standing down from today’s Starlink mission; team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts, but Falcon 9 and the satellites are healthy.

“Will announce new target launch date once confirmed on the Range.”

The ‘Range’ is understood to refer to the Eastern Range.

This is part of the United States Space Force and oversees launches from Florida.

Another SpaceX launch is scheduled for June 30.

A different Falcon 9 will carry an upgraded GPS satellite from Space Launch Complex 40.

Falcon 9 rockets are powered by the Merlin engines, also developed by Space X.

The first Falcon 9 launch occurred in 2010.

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency have been customers of previous Falcon 9 launches.

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“I kept waiting, year after year.

“A friend asked me what I wanted to do after PayPal.

“I said I was always curious about space.”

“I went to NASA’s website to see when we were going to Mars, but I couldn’t find that out.

“So then I thought perhaps this is a matter of will.

“Is there a sufficient will to [go to Mars]?

“The first idea I had was to send a small greenhouse to Mars — the first life on another planet, the furthest life has ever travelled.

“That would get people excited.

“The whole purpose of that was to get people excited about sending people to Mars and increase NASA’s budget.”

source: express.co.uk


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