TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Private space flight company SpaceX launched 21 of its second-generation Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit Monday from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, used to shuttle the Starlink satellites into space, blasted off from Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at 6:13 p.m.
The launch was initially scheduled to take place at 1:38 p.m., however, SpaceX said concerns over “space weather” temporarily put the flight on pause.
The first stage booster supporting Monday’s mission is said to have previously launched CRS-26 and OneWeb Launch 16.
After stage separation, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will fall back to Earth and land on the “A Shortfall of Gravitas” droneship that will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
If the mission is called off, a backup opportunity will be available on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1:49 p.m.
A live webcast of this mission will begin about five minutes prior to liftoff.
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