SpaceX has delayed the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with 22 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit, originally scheduled for Sunday, to Monday. This decision comes after the failure observed during the testing of its Starship rocket, which is the largest and most capable launcher ever developed.
This will be the fifteenth flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission. The booster has previously launched missions such as Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, DART, Transporter-7, Iridium OneWeb, SDA-0B, and nine Starlink satellites. Once the stages separate, the first stage will attempt to land on the “Of Course I Still Love You” platform stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
In addition to this delay, SpaceX is preparing for the third test of its Starship. The test launch is likely to take place in the coming weeks, following the second mishap on Saturday. Elon Musk, the president of SpaceX, mentioned on their social media account that the hardware for Starship Flight 3 should be ready to fly in three or four weeks. They currently have three ships in final production in the high bay, as visible from the road.
Overall, SpaceX is taking necessary measures and adjustments to address the setback encountered during the Starship test. The rescheduled Falcon 9 launch and the upcoming Starship test will play significant roles in the company’s continued pursuit of space exploration and satellite deployment initiatives.