SpaceX to make its second attempt to launch 60 Starlink satellites

A rocket sits ready on its launchpad.

Enlarge / The begrimed
Falcon 9 booster is back at the launch pad with its Starlink
satellite payload. (credit: SpaceX)

Even though time remained in its launch window Wednesday night,
SpaceX
scrubbed an attempt
to launch its first batch of Starlink
satellites. The upper-level winds were just not cooperating, so the
company stood down the launch attempt.

On Thursday, the rocket stands again at the launchpad. This
time, the weather conditions have improved, and the winds in the
upper level of the atmosphere appear to be more conducive to a
launch. And so SpaceX will press ahead with a historic launch and
unconventional deployment of 60 satellites that will provide
Internet access. The deployment, about an hour after launch, will
be fascinating to watch, and we are eager to know how successful
the company and the Air Force will be at connecting with and
tracking these satellites.

Below, you will find an embedded webcast, which should begin at
about 10:15pm ET (02:15 UTC Thursday), as well as an edited copy

of our story
explaining the Starlink constellation, which was
originally posted ahead of Wednesday’s launch attempt.

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SpaceX to make its second attempt to launch 60 Starlink satellites