SpaceX postpones the launch date of Starlink satellites to Sunday local time

It was reported that SpaceX plans to continue to launch 60 Starlink satellites every week, and at least two will be launched within the next week.

The private space company has not disclosed the next launch time of Falcon 9, but the Federal Aviation Authority’s flight restrictions indicate that there are several potential launch windows.

This Friday, it was reported that SpaceX was approved by the 45th Space Wing, which is responsible for managing flights in the eastern region, and will be in Cape Canaveral on Sunday night local time.

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The Space Force base launched the Falcon 9 satellite to send more Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit. The launch window opens at 11:21 pm local time, and you can watch the launch live broadcast on Sunday night.

The following is the original SpaceX Twitter:

The static ignition test is completed. The goal is to launch 60 Starlink satellites from SLC-40 at 11:21 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, February 14.

—SpaceX Corporation February 13, 2021

In addition, another “Falcon 9” will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center (Kennedy Space Center) launch pad 39A as planned at 1:17 am on Tuesday, and there are about 60 Starlink satellites on the launch pad. . The launch was approved by the 45th Space Wing, and the space force meteorological officer predicts that there is a 60% chance of favorable liftoff conditions.

Last week, SpaceX’s launch was delayed several times. SpaceX stated on Twitter that it needs to “do additional checks before flying with our leading booster.”

Taken together, these launches will cause Starlink satellites to orbit the earth more than 1,000 times. Starlink is part of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s plan, which aims to create a space-based Internet using a network of 42,000 satellites. In the past few weeks, SpaceX has expanded its beta test coverage of its Internet service to cover more than 10,000 users.

Potential customers can visit to apply for a Starlink kit for US$499 and a monthly service of US$99. This set of equipment includes a Wi-Fi router and a dish. However, SpaceX stated that the specific price depends on where the customer lives and when their kits and services will start. Taking an address in Orlando as an example, it is estimated that it will be mid to end of 2021.

Laura Forczyk, the boss of Astralytical, a space consulting company, said that in addition to contracting more customers, the company must also prove to the Federal Communications Commission that as long as SpaceX says it will work with Starlink constellation Provide services, it can perform its duties. The Federal Communications Commission is responsible for regulating satellite broadband use.

Fochke said: “The Federal Communications Commission has authorized SpaceX to use the specific broadband provided by them, provided that SpaceX has achieved success on Starlink, has a certain number of customers, and launched a certain number of satellites within a certain period of time. “

Currently, SpaceX is trying to succeed in areas where other companies continue to fail. Musk said on Twitter this week that Starlink may be the number one in the field.

The CEO wrote on Twitter: “SpaceX needs to overcome the huge negative cash flow gap in the next year or so to make the Starlink program truly feasible. Every new satellite constellation program in history has gone bankrupt. We hope to be the first company that has not failed.”

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