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‘Unfavorable weather’ postpones SpaceX launch of Starlink satellites

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The payload is the 17th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The payload is the 17th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (Associated Press)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX was ready to roll Sunday night to carry more Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit, but at the last minute, the plans were scrapped due to weather conditions.

At least two were planned for this week of launches of 60 Starlink satellites at a time.

SpaceX received approval Friday from the 45th Space Wing, which oversees the eastern range, for a Falcon 9 lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Base Sunday night carrying more Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit.

At 10:48 p.m., just before the expected 11:21 p.m. launch, Space X announced it was rescheduling for Monday at 10:59 PM EST due to unfavorable weather conditions on Sunday.


About the Authors:

Emilee is a digital journalist for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com, where she writes about space and Central Florida news. Emilee hosts the Edward R. Murrow Award-winning podcast Space Curious. Previously, she was a space writer and web editor for the Orlando Sentinel and a web producer at the Naples Daily News.

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.