SpaceX has postponed the launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets, which is supposed to deliver a batch of Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. The new launch will be unusual, as two rockets will carry hundreds of satellites into space at once.
SpaceX’s Starlink L-18 and L-17 missions were approved Wednesday and were originally scheduled to launch about four hours apart at 1:19 a.m. and 5:36 a.m. Eastern time Thursday. Starlink L-18 is still scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral at 1:19 a.m. ET, as originally planned. There is a 90 percent chance of favorable weather for the launch.
There will also be a delayed launch of L-17, and the window is from 5:36 a.m. ET Thursday to 5:14 a.m. ET Friday. There is a 30 percent chance for this launch to violate weather restrictions, with takeoff winds being the main concern.
This will be the first time since 1966 that two rockets will take off from Cape Canaveral. The Gemini 12 and Atlas Agen missions were launched 99 minutes apart.