Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX has postponed the launch of its Falcon 9 Starlink-12 rocket for the fourth time because of unfavorable weather conditions.
Now, the SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, October 7, 2020, at 7:29 am EDT. The launch will take place from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex 39A (Pad 39A), Cape Canaveral, Florida in the USA.
Falcon 9 is the constellation of networked satellites known as Starlink. In addition to that, SpaceX aims to launch the 13th batch of 60 Starlinks.
Aim of SpaceX Starlink
SpaceX’s Starlink aims to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe, especially to the areas which don’t have access to it yet.
However, this is the fourth time the Starlink-12 launch is aborted.
It was first scheduled to launch on September 17th, 2020 but the unfavorable weather at the Atlantic Ocean landing zone caused a ten-day delay.
It was then scheduled to launch on September 28th, but again the foul weather resulted in the delay.
The Falcon 9 was later announced to equip a new GPS III satellite. The Falcon 9’s GPS III SV04 is an upgraded satellite that is three times more effective and accurate than the older satellites. This will then revolve around the orbit and will join to become a part of 31 satellites. These 31 satellites will then replace the current fleet of GPS satellites.
Falcon-9 was all set for a launch On October 2nd, 2020, but the launch was aborted just two seconds before the take-off; this time because of unknown reasons.
Unfortuantely, luck was not on SpaceX’s side again as The Falcon-9 was all set for the launch on October 5, 2020, but unfavorable weather conditions resulted in a further delay to October 6, 2020, i.e., Tuesday.