SpaceX has indefinitely postponed the launch of 13th Starlink internet satellites due to inclement weather in the recovery area. The company was scheduled to launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites at 2:19 pm EDT on Thursday. The launch was planned from the historic Kennedy Space Centre’s Pad 39A in Florida. But the liftoff mission was abandoned just 15 minutes before the planned schedule. SpaceX took to microblogging site Twitter to inform about the decision saying the Starlink was postponed ‘due to recovery issue.’ The company clarified that the payload and vehicle are in perfectly healthy condition. The company said that it will not try to launch Falcon 9 rocket on the next available opportunity as the bad weather in the recovery is expected to continue on Friday. The company has yet not announced the new target date.
The aerospace manufacturer has not talked about the nature of the recovery issue. But there are speculations that it was related to the SpaceX’s plan to recover the first stage of the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket. The company planned to do this by landing it on the drone ship just after the liftoff. Good weather conditions at the floating landing pad are essential requirements to ensure the safe landing. According to the 45th Weather Squadron of the United States Space Forces, there were chances of 30 per cent bad weather during the scheduled launch. The company plans to reduce it the cost of spaceflight is recovering Falcon 9 rocket boosters. These small steps are expected to scale up the company’s launch pace.
The Falcon 9 first stage rocket used in this mission has already flown twice earlier this year. The rocket first launched SpaceX’s Demo-2 astronaut mission for NASA in the month of May. It flew again to deliver military satellite ANASIS-II of South Korea into orbit in July. Space X has so far launched over 700 Starlink satellites into orbit and this flight was set to be the company’s 13th Starlink mission since 2019. The satellites have been launched to provide high-speed broadband internet access to people around the globe.