SpaceX Holds Off Second Rocket Launch on Thursday from Kennedy Space Center, Targets Friday at 5:14 a.m. ET
By Space Coast Daily // February 3, 2021
Coverage can be seen on Space Coast Daily
BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – SpaceX has halted Thursday’s scheduled launch carrying Starlink Satellites from Kennedy Space Center “to allow additional time for pre-launch checks,” according to SpaceX.
Launch is targeted for Friday at 5:14 a.m. ET.
The payload will launch the 18th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink V1.0-L17.
Following first stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket booster engine on drone ship “Of Course, I Still You’ stationed in the Atlantic ocean.
At this time, the rocket launch for Thursday at 1:19 a.m. ET is still scheduled.
Earlier on Wednesday, two rocket launches were scheduled for Thursday and it would have been the first time since November 11, 1966, that two launches would have lift off on the same day. Those previous missions were Gemini 12 and Atlas Agena which lifted off 99 minutes apart from each other.
However, the recent announcement by SpaceX will scrap that opportunity for now as rocket launches are now scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
Coverage of the launch can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV.
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