FILE PHOTO: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (in the centre, in a horizontal position), is readied for launch on a supply mission to the International Space Station on the historic launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A SpaceX launch has already been scrubbed once due to poor weather conditions was postponed again almost 24 hours later, on Thursday, this time for “about a week” to work satellite software and “triple-check everything,” Elon Musk rocket company said.
The delayed mission is designed to wear in a low Earth orbit a first batch of 60 satellites for Musk new Starlink global internet service, a company meant to generate money for the rest of the billionaire and entrepreneur in space exploration ambitions.
The Falcon 9 rocket and the satellite payload were originally meant to blast off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday night, but the flight was delayed by the Space X, with an indication of excessive wind over the launch of the site.
The launch was scheduled for Thursday night, and SpaceX said in an afternoon Twitter message that the “Starlink and Falcon 9 are looking good” and that “wind is better for tonight to start.” Hours later, however, the company tweeted that the shipment is delayed.
“Standing down to updating satellite software and triple-check everything again,” the company said. “Always want to do everything we can on the ground to maximize mission success. The next launch opportunity in about a week.”
No further elaboration given to reporters at the Cape.
Reporting by Joey Roulette in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler