SpaceX Resets Falcon 9 Starlink Liftoff to March 18 After Engine Abort: Watch Live/Photos

SpaceX Falcon 9 stands vertical at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL prior to 6th Starlink mission targeted for launch March 18, 2020 at 8:16 a.m. ET – Up Close view as seen from crawlerway and hangar pad 39A. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – SpaceX is retargeting the next Falcon 9 Starlink launch to Wednesday morning, March 18, 2020 following Sunday morning’s automatically aborted liftoff of the ‘flight-proven’ rocket moments after the first stage engines dramatically ignited for the planned blastoff of the next Starlink mission from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL under picture perfect skies at the Florida Space Coast.

Liftoff of the 6th Starlink mission is now targeted for 8:16 a.m. EDT, 1216 GMT, March 18 from seaside Launch Complex-39A (LC-39A) on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL.

The weather outlook Wednesday is good with a 90% chance of acceptable conditions at launch time.

Enjoy our Up Close eyewitness photos of the Falcon 9 Starlink mission rocket taken on site at the KSC Press Site as well as the earlier engine abort.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets aborts after 1st stage engine ignition at 9:22 a.m. ET on March 15, 2020 at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL for 6th Starlink mission – as seen from KSC Press Site. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Read our earlier Starlink articles for further mission details

The SpaceX team is poised for the record setting liftoff of the 1st ever 5th launched Falcon 9 first stage on the sixth batch of 60 Starlink internet broadband satellites Wednesday morning March 18 from the Florida Space Coast – amidst the ever growing coronavirus pandemic crisis that has forced closures of public places, school and travel hubs all across the US and the world but not forced a rocket cancellation

SpaceX Falcon 9 stands vertical at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL prior to 6th Starlink mission targeted for launch March 18, 2020 at 8:16 a.m. ET – Up Close view as seen from pad 39A. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The payload comprises the sixth batch of 60 SpaceX built and owned Starlink broadband satellites launching to LEO with an overall mass of about 7.7 tons.

You can watch the launch live via SpaceX webcast

Visit spacex.com/webcast

Watch SpaceX’s live launch webcast starting about 15 minutes before liftoff to learn more about the mission.

SpaceX Falcon 9 stands vertical at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL prior to 6th Starlink mission targeted for launch March 18, 2020 at 8:16 a.m. ET – Up Close view as seen from pad 39A. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The launch window is ‘instantaneous’ meaning any delay for weather or technical reason forces a minimum 1 day scrub.

SpaceX will also attempt to recover the first stage and both payload fairings.

UpClose view of nose cone housing next batch 60 Starlink satellites atop SpaceX Falcon 9 standing vertical at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL prior to 6th Starlink mission targeted for launch March 18, 2020 at 8:16 a.m. ET. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Watch my commentary about SpaceX Starlink launch and impact of Covid 19 pandemic on NASA and the Space Industry on WFTV ABC Ch 9 TV News Orlando

Dr Ken Kremer of Space UpClose commentary at WFTV ABC Ch 9 TV News Orlando on March 17 & 18, 2020 about SpaceX Starlink launch and impact of Covid 19 pandemic

 

 

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets aborts after 1st stage engine ignition at 9:22 a.m. ET on March 15, 2020 at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL for 6th Starlink mission – as seen from KSC Press Site. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

 

SpaceX Falcon 9 stands vertical at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL prior to 6th Starlink mission originally targeted for launch March 15, 2020 at 9:22 a.m. ET – Up Close view as seen from pad 39A. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

 

 

Ken Kremer

Ken Kremer

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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