The launch will carry 60 extra Starlink broadband web satellites to their low Earth orbit vacation spot, utilizing a Falcon 9 rocket with a booster that flew 4 instances beforehand, together with twice in 2018 and twice final 12 months, most lately in November for one more Starlink mission. Five flights of a Falcon 9 booster would be a record for SpaceX, and the booster you're trying this mission with already has a record, as it achieved SpaceX's existing high water mark for reuse with its latest launch in November.
The 60 satellites broadcasting the Internet on board the rocket will join about 300 others that SpaceX had previously launched for its Starlink constellation.
SpaceX is launching its newest Starlink mission right this moment, with a takeoff time of 9:22 AM EDT (6:22 AM PDT) at present scheduled to happen at Kennedy House Middle in Florida.
"Standing down today; standard auto-abort triggered due to out of family data during engine power check", SpaceX said.
The countdown appeared to go smoothly until engine startup at 9:22 a.m. EDT.
SpaceX narrowly missed a potential major mishap after deciding to abort the launch of the latest batch of Starlink satellites.
Apparently, the launch was aborted automatically by the Falcon 9's onboard computer after it detected a Merlin 1D engine issue.
"We had a condition regarding engine power that caused us to abort today's launch", Michael Andrews, SpaceX supply chain manager, said during the launch. These features are the main reason why the launch was aborted at the last second. "Given that, we are overly cautious on the ground, and if the team sees anything that looks even slightly off, we'll stop the countdown". The company will first launch its service in the United States and Canada.
SpaceX plans to eventually broadcast cheap broadband at high speed around the world using thousands of small satellites. However, documents filed by the company past year revealed that it was preparing to launch an additional 30,000 units for the project, bringing the total number of satellites to 42,000.