"Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean", SpaceX stated in a mission overview.
While successful in its primary mission, the latest SpaceX launch wasn't without unexpected issues: The secondary mission of recovering the Falcon 9 booster with a controlled landing failed, for the second launch in a row, and SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk also confirmed that one of the rocket's engines shut down early during the ascent phase of the launch vehicle. If SpaceX succeeds in launching tonight, they will still accomplish the fastest turnaround in rocket launching history with 3 launches in less than two weeks time.
Till date, SpaceX has placed 180 satellites as part of its Starlink constellation.
SpaceX launched the sixth mission of its networked satellites, known as Starlink, aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday morning. "Thorough investigation needed before next mission", Musk tweeted. Sunday's launch attempt for these latest Starlinks was halted at the last second because of a bad engine reading.
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And on Saturday, the governor urged people who are elderly, frail or have underlying medical conditions to avoid crowds. This came after the Governor conferred with mayors of several cities, including Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County.
Additionally, the first stage of the reusable Falcon-9 rocket would've embarked on its fifth journey to the orbit.
According to SpaceX, the launch is scheduled to take place on March 18 at 8:16 am EDT. The company is attempting to recover the fairing halves again using the boats "Ms".
Astronomers have expressed concern about the launch of 12 satellites thousands of Starlink system. "Possibly, but not obviously, related to today", Musk said. SpaceX plans to begin commercial operation of the constellation later this year if all goes well, providing high-speed, reliable broadband internet to customers in North America, with lower latency and better speeds than are available using existing satellite internet service, which depend on larger, geosynchronous satellites placed much farther out from Earth.