It was an anticlimactic launch day at Cape Canaveral House Pressure Station in Florida this morning (Jan. 23), the place SpaceX was resulting from launch a report 143 satellites on a single Falcon 9 rocket.
The corporate was concentrating on a 9:40 a.m. EST (1440 GMT) launch for the Transporter-1 mission, however scrubbed just a little over six minutes earlier than scheduled blast-off resulting from poor climate situations. SpaceX will try the launch once more on Sunday (Jan. 24) at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) from House Launch Advanced 40.
You may watch the launch live here and on the House.com homepage, courtesy of SpaceX, or you may watch directly from SpaceX here about 15 minutes earlier than liftoff.
“Climate is wanting just a little dicey for our present liftoff time,” SpaceX manufacturing supervisor Andy Tran mentioned about seven minutes earlier than the rocket was scheduled to blast off right this moment, citing electrical fields.
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Lower than a minute later, the SpaceX group made the decision to clean the launch try completely, not ready for the clock to expire. Electrical fields are a danger to rocket launches as a result of they will immediate lightning formation throughout liftoff.
The Transporter-1 launch can be SpaceX’s first devoted rideshare mission, carrying 133 assorted small satellites and 10 of the corporate’s Starlink internet satellites. When it launches, the mission will maintain the report for many satellites deployed from a single rocket, Tran mentioned.
The launch would be the fifth flight for the Falcon 9 first-stage booster. Its earlier flights, all in 2020, embody the corporate’s first-ever crewed launch, known as Demo-2, in Could 2020, which despatched two NASA astronauts to the Worldwide House Station for a two-month keep. The booster additionally launched a military communications satellite for South Korea, a Cargo Dragon resupply ship to the station for NASA and a separate Starlink mission.
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