With this launch, Elon Musk’s space company would have 1,200 satellites in Earth orbit.
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March 1, 2021 1 min read
The private space company SpaceX postponed the launch of 60 Starlink satellites from the Kennedy Space Center at the last second.
The launch was to be done with a reusable Falcon 9 rocket this Monday at 01:37 GMT Monday in Florida, but it was postponed for 24 hours.
Auto-abort at T-1: 24 ahead of tonight’s Falcon 9 launch of Starlink; next launch opportunity is tomorrow, March 1 at 8:15 pm EST
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 1, 2021
“Self-abort one minute and 24 seconds before Starlink’s launch with the Falcon 9 tonight; the next launch opportunity is tomorrow, March 1, at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time [1:15 GMT],” it says. SpaceX’s tweet in English.
These 60 SpaceX satellites would join the fleet of more than 1,140 already in low Earth orbit that have been launched since 2018.
Elon Musk pointed out in February that this satellite network will provide Internet speeds of 300Mbps by the end of the year. Currently the beta version of Starlink gives 100 Mbps in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.