SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites, breaks ‘Scrubtober’ delay streak



A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


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 became known as #Scrubtober (the hashtag previously known as #Scrubtember) with the launch and deployment of 60 new Starlink satellites via a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. 

This Starlink mission was the Falcon 9 rocket booster’s third flight overall. It sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and then launched a South Korean satellite in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to six times

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. 

Another SpaceX mission to launch a US Space Force GPS satellite has also been scrubbed multiple times, most recently on Friday. Meanwhile, United Launch Alliance has been trying to get one of its Delta IV Heavy rockets 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.

Can the Red Raiders end their long losing streak in Manhattan?


Texas Tech at Kansas State

When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Ks.

Records: Texas Tech (1-1, 0-1 Big 12); Kansas State (1-1, 1-0 Big 12)

Last meeting: Kansas State defeated Texas Tech 30-27 in Lubbock


What’s on the line?

In the last decade, the Red Raiders only managed to beat the Wildcats once in nine meetings. Heading into the 2010s Texas Tech was riding a five-game winning streak against Kansas State. These two teams would be coming off of similarly season-defining wins had Texas Tech not blown a 15 point lead in the waning moments of last week’s contest against Texas.

For Kansas State, its season has already been deeply confusing. The Wildcats opened with a loss to Arkansas State at home, then upset No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman. Texas Tech badly needs to rebound after nearly pulling off a program-defining upset against Texas.

Earning their first win against the Wildcats since Patrick Mahomes was a sophomore would be the perfect way to get the Red Raiders’ season back on track.

When Texas Tech has the ball

Offensively this season, the Red Raiders have been able to mostly move the ball at will against opposing defenses. Through two games Texas Tech averages 532.5 yards of offense per game and 45.5 points per contest.

Against this Kansas State defense, which allows over 500 total yards of offense per game and 35 points per game, Texas Tech can excel as long as Alan Bowman avoids turnovers. The WIldcats forced Oklahoma’s freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler to commit four turnovers, which helped keep them in the game.

When Kansas State has the ball

A normally suspect offense has found life in this strange season behind the arm of senior QB Skylar Thompson. After two games this

Malaysia Stock Market Tipped To Extend Winning Streak


(RTTNews) – The Malaysia stock market has finished higher in two straight sessions, gathering more than a dozen points or 0.8 percent along the way. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index now rests just beneath the 1,510-point plateau and it’s looking at another green light again on Monday.

The global forecast for the Asian markets is upbeat, with technology stocks expected to lead the markets higher amidst bargain hunting. The European markets were mixed and the U.S. bourses were sharply higher and the Asian markets figure to follow the latter lead.

The KLCI finished modestly higher on Friday as more huge gains from the rubber glove makers were capped by weakness from the plantations and telecoms, while the financials were mixed.

For the day, the index gained 8.34 points or 0.56 percent to finish at 1,509.14 after trading between 1,505.05 and 1,516.00. Volume was 5.172 billion shares worth 3.959 billion ringgit. There were 572 gainers and 446 decliners.

Among the actives, Hartalega Holdings surged 6.92 percent, while Press Metal soared 3.70 percent, Malaysia Airports Holdings plummeted 3.17 percent, Petronas Chemicals spiked 3.00 percent, Top Glove accelerated 2.92 percent, PPB Group plunged 2.54 percent, Sime Darby jumped 2.13 percent, Dialog Group tanked 1.06 percent, MISC tumbled 0.81 percent, IOI Corporation and Axiata both skidded 0.67 percent, Kuala Lumpur Kepong retreated 0.61 percent, Sime Darby Plantations declined 0.59 percent, Tenaga Nasional climbed 0.55 percent, Public Bank surrendered 0.52 percent, Genting Malaysia sank 0.47 percent, IHH Healthcare dropped 0.38 percent, AMMB Holdings shed 0.34 percent, CIMB Group collected 0.33 percent, Genting lost 0.30 percent, fell 0.25 percent, RHB Capital advanced 0.22 percent, Maxis added 0.20 percent, Maybank dipped 0.14 percent and Hap Seng Consolidated was unchanged.

The lead from Wall Street is positive as stocks showed a lack of direction early Friday but