Elon Musk plan for internet in space suffers ANOTHER SpaceX rocket launch blow

SpaceX made the decision to scrap the launch less than an hour before lift-off.

And even after the launch was canned, engineers still continued with the countdown procedure until just one minute was left in order to collect data, the company said.

SpaceX had previously said the weather conditions over the Cape Canaveral, in Florida, launch site were 60 percent favourable.

The launch would have carried 60 of the firm’s Starlink satellites into orbit on top of the firm’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX said on Twitter: “Standing down from today’s mission due to weather; proceeding through the countdown until T-1 minute for data collection.
“Will announce a new target launch date once confirmed on the Range.”

However, Elon Musk news site Teslarati reports the new launch date is scheduled for July 11 at around 11:00am EDT.

Despite yesterday’s launch cancellation, the site predicts July will be a busy month for SpaceX in terms of more launches.

Teslarati states if SpaceX carries out three launches this month, which it is “very likely” to do, then it will be the first time the company has launched three rockets a month for two months in a row.

According to the Mirror, the launch would have brought the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to more than 500.

SpaceX’s Starlink programme is a plan by the company to provide high-speed satellite internet around the world.

The firm claims the performance of this internet connection would be far greater than traditional satellite internet.

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Starlink explains: “With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable.”

According to reports earlier this year, Starlink has captured the public’s attention due to their striking appearance from Earth.

When visibility is right, observers on Earth can see the satellites pass overhead at certain times of the night.

According to Starlink satellite tracker findstarlink.com, the next chance to see Starlink satellites passing over from London will be at 10:43 PM tonight.

Viewers should look to the West at an elevation starting at around 10 degrees above the horizon.

The satellites will then pass from the West to the East reaching a maximum elevation in the sky of around 63 degrees, findstarlink adds.



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