SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites, breaks ‘Scrubtober’ delay streak
Space fans have been starved for action lately, with three big missions repeatedly scrubbed and postponed over the past several weeks. But early on Tuesday, SpaceX finally ended the streak that(the hashtag previously known as #Scrubtember) with the launch and deployment of 60 new via a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral.
This Starlink mission was the Falcon 9 rocket booster’s third flight overall. It sentin May and then in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to .
The Falcon 9 first stage landed again on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic about 8.5 minutes after launch Tuesday. SpaceX also reports that it caught at least one of the fairing halves that flew on two previous missions.
The launch, originally scheduled for September, was postponed multiple times, including twice last week due to heavy clouds in one case and an aberrant ground sensor reading in another. Monday’s scrub was yet again blamed on weather.
Anotherhas also been scrubbed multiple times, most recently on Friday. Meanwhile, off the ground since August, but has been delayed at least six times.
Musk expressed his clear frustration with the series of scrubs last week.
“We will need to make a lot of improvements to have a chance of completing 48 launches next year!” Musk tweeted Friday.