SpaceX has postponed the launch of its next batch of Starlink satellites in order to launch four astronauts to NASA’s International Space Station on Wednesday (October 5).
Seems to be a traffic jam SpaceXThe company announced on Tuesday (October 4) that it has postponed the planned launch of 52 Starlink Internet Satellites From Vandenberg Space Force Base in California to at least Wednesday (October 5) – a day delay – to focus on launching Crew Mission 5 for NASAthe company’s next astronaut flight.
Crew-5 is also scheduled to launch on Wednesday. Takeoff is scheduled for 12 PM EST (1600 GMT) and You can watch it live onlineCourtesy of NASA TV, starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT).
more: SpaceX’s Crew-5 astronaut mission for NASA: Live updates
SpaceX wrote: “Falcon 9 and Dragon look good for Crew-5 launch tomorrow at 12:00 PM ET; teams monitor the winds along the boarding pass” Twitter update (Opens in a new tab) Wednesday afternoon.
“Targeting later that day, 4:10 p.m. PT, to launch Starlink’s Falcon 9 from California,” SpaceX Wrote (Opens in a new tab) In another message. This update refers to the launch of SpaceX Starlink from Vandenberg, which was scheduled for launch on Monday (October 3), but has been pushed back to Tuesday to allow additional time for pre-launch missile checks. The shift to Wednesday is his second delay in as many days. Could you Watch a live stream of SpaceX’s upcoming Starlink launch About 15 minutes before liftoff Wednesday evening at 7:10 p.m. EDT (2310 GMT).
However, Starlink’s delay allows SpaceX to focus fully on the launch of Crew-5, NASA’s fifth operational astronaut flight. The mission will launch American astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Casada and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina to me 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 said the billionaire’s private spaceflight company Elon Musk He was addressing three issues prior to the launch of the Crew-5. Those issues included the replacement of a suspected thrust valve actuator on one of the Falcon 9 rocket’s engines for the mission, a leaking portable fire extinguisher that needed repairs, and a communications flaw on the Just Read The Instructions drone, where the first stage of the Falcon 9 was to land after flight.
SpaceX said Monday that its engineers are expected to complete all work by Tuesday, in time for launch. With SpaceX’s latest update, that appears to be the case.
Meanwhile, SpaceX still has a third Falcon 9 launch pending to follow Wednesday’s Crew-5 and Starlink doubleheader.
This third rocket, Falcon 9, is currently scheduled to launch two communications satellites for Intelsat, Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34, on Thursday (October 6) at 7:07 PM EST (2307 GMT). It will launch from SpaceX’s Pad Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station near the Kennedy Space Center.
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