SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sits on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, in preparation for the launch of 60 Starlink broadband data satellites. (SpaceX Photo)
For the third time in a little more than a week, SpaceX is getting ready to deal out 60 Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit to demonstrate broadband internet service.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is due for liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida during a 90-minute launch window that opens at 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT) today. The flat-panel satellites — which were built at SpaceX’s development facility in Redmond, Wash. — are designed to spread themselves out from the Falcon 9’s nose cone like a deck of cards starting about an hour after launch.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and his team have been careful about playing their cards right. The first launch attempt on May 15 was scrubbed with less than 15 minutes left in the countdown, due to concerns about upper-level winds.
A day later, the second attempt didn’t even get that close to liftoff. “Standing down to update satellite software and triple-check everything again,” SpaceX said in a tweet announcing the postponement. “Always ...