SpaceX on Wednesday (Oct. 5) delayed the launch of the next batch of Starlink satellites to send four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA.
Why does the rocket look like a corkscrew? SpaceXthe company announced on Tuesday (October 4) that it has pushed back the planned release of the 52. Starlink internet satellites from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base no later than Wednesday (Oct. 5) — a one-day delay — to focus on launching the rocket Crew-5 mission for NASAthe company’s next astronaut flight.
Crew-5 is also scheduled to be released on Wednesday. Liftoff is scheduled for 12 pm EDT (1600 GMT). you can watch live onlineCourtesy of NASA TV, 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT).
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“Falcon 9 and Dragon are looking good for a Crew-5 launch tomorrow at 12:00 PM ET; teams are monitoring winds along the ascent corridor,” SpaceX said. twitter update (opens in new tab) Wednesday afternoon.
“Same day, 4:10 p.m. Falcon 9 is targeted for Starlink launch from California,” SpaceX he wrote (opens in new tab) in another message. This update concerns SpaceX’s Starlink launch from Vandenberg, which was originally scheduled for Monday (Oct. 3) but was pushed back to Tuesday to allow extra time for pre-launch rocket inspections. The move to Wednesday is his second delay in as many days. you can Watch live coverage of SpaceX’s next Starlink launch About 15 minutes before takeoff on Wednesday night around 7:10 p.m. EDT (2310 GMT).
However, the Starlink delay allows SpaceX to fully focus on the launch of Crew-5, the fifth operational astronaut flight for NASA. The mission was carried out by American astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Kasada, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina for International Space Station From Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. They will arrive at the station on Thursday.
Late Monday, SpaceX and NASA announced a private spaceflight company founded by a billionaire Elon Musk Before the release of Crew-5, it addressed three issues. Those issues included replacing a questionable pressure valve actuator on one of the Falcon 9 rocket engines for the mission, a leaking portable fire extinguisher that needed repair, and a “Read Instructions” communication failure on the Falcon 9 first stage drone. Willand after the flight.
SpaceX said on Monday that its engineers will complete the work by Tuesday in time for the launch. It seems so with SpaceX’s latest update.
Meanwhile, SpaceX has a third Falcon 9 rocket launch waiting in the wings to follow Wednesday’s Crew-5 and Starlink twin launches.
This third Falcon 9 rocket is currently scheduled to launch two communications satellites for Intelsat, Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34, at 19:07 EDT (2307 GMT) on Thursday (October 6). It will lift off from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station near Kennedy Space Center.
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