SpaceX was planning to send 60 Starlink satellites into our planet’s orbit on March 15, 2020. However, the Falcon 9 rocket that was supposed to carry the satellites had some engineering issues, and the mission was aborted. Now, SpaceX aims for a successful launch today, Wednesday.
SpaceX Falcon 9 launch aborted before liftoff on Sunday
The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch on Sunday morning, but it looks like the aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company has to postpone their plans. Just before the Falcon 9 rocket was ready for takeoff, the team has discovered a problem at the engine power that put the mission to a stop.
The launch mission of the rocket was put to an end at the last minute, right after the launch countdown. The Falcon 9 rocket was supposed to liftoff from the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. However, SpaceX’s plan to grow a broadband mega-constellation is going to be delayed.
“We had a condition regarding engine power that caused us to abort today’s launch,” explained Michael Andrews, the supply chain supervisor. “There are a thousand ways for a launch to go wrong and only one way it could go right,” he added.
SpaceX Falcon 9 to deploy 60 Starlink satellite today
The launch would be the sixth launch of the SpaceX’s Starlink project. The company has already launched over 100 satellites into space. Their big plan is to provide the world with the best and most advanced internet system.
The Falcon 9 rocket had done a great job the past four times when it carried the Starlink satellites into space. The rocket would have also marked the first rocket of the SpaceX company to have had its fifth mission. However, with the engine problem, the rocket failed to finish its task right before it started. Today’s launch would take place at 8:16 EDT (12:16 GMT).