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SpaceX again postpones launch of 60 Starlink satellites

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Elon Musk's company has once again postponed the launch of the 9 rocket carrying the first 60 Internet communications satellites, this time owing to a "software issue".

Just two hours prior to the opening of launch window late Thursday, the company cancelled the launch, second time in two days.

"Standing down to update software and triple-check everything again. Always want to do everything we can on the ground to maximise mission success, next launch opportunity in about a week," tweeted.

With a mass of 18.5 tonne, the launch is the company's heaviest to date for either the 9 or Heavy rocket. The rocket will boost 60 satellites, each weighing 227kg, to an altitude of 440km, reports

on Wednesday postponed the launch of the rocket due to high winds.

The launch will also feature a landing attempt by the Falcon 9's first stage on one of SpaceX's drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean, reports

is designed to provide access to areas of the planet where is rare, spotty or non-existent.

SpaceX's ultimate goal is to put nearly 11,000 Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit between now and the mid-2020s,

The company is one of several, including Jeff Bezos' Amazon, which are building these so called "constellations" of interconnected satellites to beam from space.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 09:40 IST