Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com &
RocketSTEM – 16 May 2019
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – SpaceX’s maiden launch of the
first batch of Starlink broadband internet satellites is now targeted for Thursday
evening May 16 after excessively high upper altitude winds forced the team to
scrub the liftoff in the final minutes of the countdown on Wednesday evening,
Note: Launch scrubbed by SpaceX due to software issue with sats. New Target TBD
launch was scrubbed at about 10:52 p.m. EDT some eight minutes of so before the
already delayed liftoff time of 11 a.m. EDT.
Vigorous venting of LOX from SpaceX Falcon 9 just
minutes before Starlink 1 launch scrub on May 15, 2019. Credit:
of the Starlink 1 mission is targeted for 10:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 16 (0230 GMT Thursday) from Space Launch Complex-40 (SLC-40) on Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.
launch window extends to midnight 12 a.m. and the weather looks promising at 90%
favorable and the upper level winds are lower.
our Space UpClose photos from pad 40.
UpClose look at payload fairing housing 60 Starlink-1
satellites for launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 reset to May 16, 2019 at Space Launch
Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken
Falcon 9 will launch the first batch of 60 Starlink broadband internet satellites
to LEO on a recycled, twice flown Falcon 9 rocket.
also counts as the heaviest payload to date ever to launch on a Falcon 9 or
Falcon Heavy, said SpaceX CEO during our prelaunch media telecon.Over the 60
Starlink 1 satellites weigh 18.5 tons.
UpClose look at landing legs on twice flown Falcon 9 rocket
for 60 Starlink-1 satellites for launch by SpaceX reset to May 16, 2019 at Space
Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. Credit: Ken
constellation will eventually number in the thousands. The payload fairings are
new said Elon Musk in a media telecon
our upcoming detailed story about Starlink
at 10:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 16, or 2:30 UTC on May 17, and closes at
12:00 a.m. on May 17, or 4:00 UTC. A backup launch window opens on Friday, May
17 at 10:30 p.m. EDT, or 2:30 UTC on May 18, and closes at 12:00 a.m. on May 18,
or 4:00 UTC.
Falcon 9’s first stage
for this mission previously supported the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in
September 2018 and the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019.
“Starlink is a
next-generation satellite network capable of connecting the globe, especially
reaching those who are not yet connected, with reliable and affordable
broadband internet services,” says SpaceX.
the Starlink constellation of low earth orbiting broadband satellites will
number in the thousands.
You can watch the launch on a SpaceX dedicated
webcast that starts about 15 minutes prior to the opening of the nominal
Watch my SpaceX launch commentary and rocket photos at this Fox 35
Orlando report from May 16 launch attempt:
Dr. Ken Kremer/Space UpClose commentary about SpaceX
Starlink-1 launch with Fox 35 WOFL Orlando TV News
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