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SpaceX's next batch of Starlink satellites back on the launch pad

Posted On: 8 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Spaceflight Now

SpaceX's next batch of Starlink satellites back on the launch pad

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands vertical Tuesday on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Credit: Spaceflight Now
SpaceX raised a Falcon 9 rocket vertical Tuesday on pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, positioning the launch vehicle for a flight Wednesday carrying 57 more Starlink Internet satellites and two commercial Earth-imaging microsatellites for BlackSky.
The 229-foot-tall launcher was supposed to take off last month, but SpaceX called off a launch attempt June 26. The company said the “team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts.”
In the end, SpaceX delayed the launch 12 days, and the company opted to shuffle order of its launches.
A Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched June 30 from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - a few miles to the south of pad 39A - with a U.S. military GPS navigation satellite. The Falcon 9 rocket loaded with the Starlink and BlackSky satellites rolled back to its hangar near pad 39A to await the mission's next launch opportunity.
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