A Falcon 9 rocket was set to haul 60 more Starlink broadband satellites into orbit Sunday night for SpaceX, but the countdown was aborted at T-minus 1 minute, 24 seconds. The next opportunity to launch the two-stage Falcon 9 from the Kennedy Space Center is at 7:53 p.m. EST Tuesday (0053 GMT Wednesday). The rocket’s reusable first stage — flying on its eighth mission — will target a landing downrange on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
A senior SpaceX official said this week that “heat damage” led to the failure of a Falcon 9 booster during a landing attempt Feb. 15, but the company will press on with more launches and will likely surpass the 10-flight threshold on one of its reusable rockets soon. The next Falcon 9 launch, using a booster flying on its eighth mission, is scheduled for liftoff from Florida with 60 more Starlink internet satellites Sunday night.
SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink internet satellites at 10:59 p.m. EST Monday (0359 GMT Tuesday) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The mission successfully placed the Starlink payloads into orbit, but the Falcon 9 booster failed during a landing attempt offshore.