SpaceX has postponed until next Tuesday the shipment of satellites of the Starlink network that it had planned to do this Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center (Florida) due to the tropical storm that formed this Saturday near the coasts of the state center.
The launch of the Falcon rocket is now scheduled for 03.10 local time (07.03 GMT) on Tuesday and will depend on Florida weather conditions, the company reported.
This is the eighth mission with which it intends to provide high-speed, constant and “affordable” internet to users anywhere in the world through these satellites that will operate in low orbit, which will allow for a better connection and service.
“SpaceX teams will continue to monitor the launch and landing weather conditions,” the company said.
This Saturday, Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named for the Atlantic Basin, formed near the Florida coast 16 days before the official start of the hurricane season.
The Kennedy Space Center in central Florida was hoping to resume sending SpaceX’s Starlink network satellites this Sunday, this time with no viewers at its headquarters, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Center recalled that its Visitor Complex, in central Florida, is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, so it will not be possible this time to view the event live, as in past missions.
Most of SpaceX’s missions scheduled for 2020 are part of the Starlink program, for which it needs at least 400 orbiting satellites to offer minimal coverage.
The purpose of SpaceX, a company owned by Elon Musk, is to place about 1,584 satellites in Earth’s orbit, some 549 kilometers above Earth, a much shorter distance than usual for these commercial devices.
This company and NASA are planning to send two astronauts to the International Space Station from US soil on May 27, for the first time since 2011.
Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who are in preventive isolation since Wednesday, will be chosen for this first trip on the US shuttle SpaceX Crew Dragon, which will take off from the Kennedy Space Center.
This launch, which marks the first manned space travel with SpaceX, will serve to demonstrate the capabilities of the company’s launch and shuttle system for future commercial space travel.
Both Musk and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine aim for the human being to set foot on the Moon again and eventually be able to reach Mars, the red planet.