A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday, this time for âabout a week,â in order to update satellite software and âtriple-check everything,â Elon Muskâs rocket company said.
The delayed mission is designed to carry into low-Earth orbit an initial batch of 60 satellites for Muskâs new Starlink global internet service, a venture intended to generate cash for the rest of the billionaire entrepreneurâs space exploration ambitions.
The Falcon 9 rocket and its satellite cargo were originally set to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday night, but the flight was postponed by Space X, citing excessive winds over the launch site.
The launch was rescheduled for Thursday night, and SpaceX said in a midday Twitter message that the âStarlink and Falcon 9 are looking goodâ and that âwinds are better for tonightâs launch.â Hours later, however, the company tweeted that the mission was being delayed.
âStanding down to update satellite software and triple-check everything again,â the company said. âAlways want to do everything we can on the ground to maximize mission success. Next launch opportunity in about a week.â
No further elaboration was provided to reporters at the Cape.