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SpaceX plans Starlink broadband satellite launch Sunday morning

SpaceX plans Starlink broadband satellite launch Sunday morning

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ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- SpaceX plans to launch its 14th group of about 60 satellites from Florida on Sunday morning for the company's Starlink broadband network, which is approaching a full-scale public trial period. Liftoff is scheduled for 8:25 a.m. EDT aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement The launch would boost the number of satellites in orbit to nearly 800. After the previous Starlink launch Oct. 6, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the launch would soon allow it to "roll out a fairly wide public" test in the northern United States and "hopefully" in southern Canada. "Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval," Musk wrote. The company said emergency responders in northern Washington State had u...
SpaceX aborts GPS satellite launch from Florida

SpaceX aborts GPS satellite launch from Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- SpaceX scrubbed the launch of the U.S. military's latest model of Global Positioning System satellite from Florida on Friday night 2 seconds before the planned liftoff, just as the engine ignition sequence was beginning. The satellite was to carried aloft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 9:43 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station -- the company's third GPS launch from that complex. Advertisement With the aborted attempt, SpaceX will try again, possibly as early as Saturday at 9:39 p.m. EDT. The launch team first needed to evaluate the problem before committing to a rescheduled date. SpaceX has experienced multiple delays sending the rocket into space due to weather and technical problems over the past two weeks. The satellite, offici...
SpaceX aims for Starlink communications satellite cluster launch

SpaceX aims for Starlink communications satellite cluster launch

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ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- SpaceX will try again Thursday to launch 60 Starlink communications satellites from Florida after the mission was postponed twice due to bad weather. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket is planned at 9:17 a.m. EDT from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The mission faces only a 30% chance that thick clouds will cause a problem, according to a U.S. Space Force forecast. Advertisement SpaceX had called off an attempt to launch those satellites Monday due to thick clouds in the area. A launch Sept. 17 was scrubbed due to anticipated problems recovering the first-stage booster in the Atlantic Ocean. The successful launch of the 60 satellites would boost the Starlink total in orbit to well over 700. More Starlink satellites have been launched, but at least 27 of th...
SpaceX aims for another Starlink satellite cluster launch

SpaceX aims for another Starlink satellite cluster launch

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ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- SpaceX plans to try again to launch its 13th cluster of Starlink communications satellites Monday from Florida. Liftoff on a Falcon 9 rocket is planned at 10:22 a.m. EDT from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX had called off an attempt Sept. 17 due to weather problems anticipated for recovering the first-stage booster in the Atlantic Ocean. Advertisement A 40 percent chance of thick clouds is a concern for the launch, according to a U.S. Space Force forecast issued Sunday. A successful launch of the 60 satellites would bring the Starlink total in orbit to more than 700. More Starlink satellites have been launched, but at least 27 of them already deorbited and burned up, according to astronomers. While the company increases the number of spacecraft...
U.S. spy satellite launch halted 3 seconds before liftoff

U.S. spy satellite launch halted 3 seconds before liftoff

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Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The launch of a U.S. spy satellite from Florida was called off early Saturday morning, just three seconds before the rocket was to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Flames already were spewing from engines on the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, but a computer aborted the launch, possibly because one of those engines did not ignite properly. Advertisement Mission directors quickly worked to ensure the rocket was secured and its fuel drained so engineers could further investigate the cause of the problem and crews could assess any damage to the launch pad. ULA said the "required recycle time prior to the next launch attempt is seven days minimum." The "hot fire abort" came at 3:37 a.m., a little over an hour after the initial planned liftoff...