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Next SpaceX launch will wait for improved ocean conditions

18 Sep 2020, 17:55 UTC
Next SpaceX launch will wait for improved ocean conditions
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The launch of SpaceX’s next 60 Starlink satellites will wait for better weather and sea conditions after currents were too strong for the company’s rocket landing platform to hold position in the Atlantic Ocean for a launch attempt Thursday.
After scrubbing Thursday’s launch attempt, SpaceX initially said it might try again to launch the mission Friday afternoon.
But the launch company announced Thursday night that it would not proceed with a countdown Friday. It could take several days for conditions to improve enough to allow SpaceX to proceed with the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the company said.
SpaceX’s drone ship “Just Read the Instructions” was dispatched to a point nearly 400 miles (630 kilometers) northeast of Cape Canaveral for landing of the Falcon 9’s first stage booster. The reusable rocket is designed to be recovered and reused.
Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and CEO, said the current at the landing site in the Atlantic Ocean was too strong for the drone ship to hold station. He tweeted that underwater control thrusters will be upgraded for future missions.
The drone ship is about the size of a ...

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