The SpaceX launch that was supposed to take place yesterday, May 15th, 2019, was delayed due to high upper level winds. The Previously used Falcon 9 rocket holding 60 Starlink internet relay satellites in an attempt to complete a long-awaited mission of potentially connecting the whole world to a better, faster internet.
With all of that important cargo, the rocket was set to launch from pad 40 of the Cape Canaveral Air-force Station, Eastern Time 10:30 PM.
What is Starlink?
Starlink is a satellite constellation project headed by SpaceX with the purpose of creating low-cost, space-based internet. The high-performing satellite bus will work in conjunction with ground transmitters around the world to deliver internet access all over the world, especially in places that didn’t have it before. The project calls for over 1200 satellites to be set in Earth’s lower orbit.
Why was the SpaceX Launch Delayed?
Excessive winds caused the delay in the SpaceX launch scheduled last week as conditions were rough from May 15th to the 17th. Instead the launch has been scheduled for this Friday, the 23rd or the 24th according to the tweet below.
What exactly is SpaceX launching?
This is a huge project for SpaceX and its founder, Elon Musk, one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 21st century. A lot of careful planning has gone into the project, and it seems like this latest launch will be another test for the satellites themselves, which will not be starlink equipped, but instead be used for testing.
Among these tests will be:
Deorbiting: it has been said that the contents of the satellites at the the end of their lifespan will disintegrate before they hit Earth. Got to love physics!
Network Testing: Work will be done in testing the communication of the satellites with various ground antennas. These will also be non mobile antennas.
The test satellites will not have interlink capabilities yet, but we can expect greater advancement in future launches. This is a big step for the world, and we at Starkfeed are glad to be a part of it with you guys!
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