SpaceX is preparing for a 3rd attempt at launching its tenth Starlink mission, after two prior makes an attempt have been scrubbed, first in June after which once more in July. Meanwhile, SpaceX has achieved so much – together with one other launch of a GPS satellite tv for pc, and returning astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to Earth from the International Space Station aboard the Crew Dragon.
This Starlink mission try is scheduled for Friday, August 7 at 1:12 AM EDT (10:12 PM PDT on August 6) and can take off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There’s additionally a backup alternative scheduled for Saturday August eight at 12:50 AM EDT (Augut 7 at 9:50 PM PDT).
The payload for this mission contains, predictably, Starlink satellites – 57 in whole that may be part of the constellation already in low Earth orbit as SpaceX will get prepared to start its beta check, which it says will kick off this summer time. Starlink goals to supply low-latency, high-speed broadband to clients who don’t at present have nice entry to that sort of connectivity, with a beta set to start out in elements of the U.S. and Canada this yr. The Starlink satellites on this flight are all geared up with a particular extendable photo voltaic visor to stop reflections from their radio surfaces from obscuring the night time sky from Earth.
This mission additionally carries two BlackSky satellites, which is one in all SpaceX’s clients by way of launch companies supplier Spaceflight. It’s the second time that SpaceX has carried one other payload alongside its personal Starlink satellites on one in all these flights, displaying its spacefaring rideshare enterprise mannequin in motion.
The dwell feed for the launch will begin at round 15 minutes previous to launch time, so at roughly 12:57 AM EDT (9:57 PM PDT).