The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is ready for a third Starling launch attempt [webcast]

With the launch of a rare last-second Falcon 9 launch site, SpaceX 12th block the third attempt to launch operational Starling satellites.

Launched from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Monday, October 5, it is scheduled to launch EDT (11:51 UTC) at 7:51 a.m. (NET) above 39A (Bad 39A), with Starling-12 scheduled to launch first. In mid-September. Bad weather in the Atlantic Ocean landing zone caused a ten-day delay from September 17 to 27, followed by a paddle weather delay on the 28th.

After the ULA Delta IV heavy mission was scrubbed for the seventh time on September 30, SpaceX tried to launch the Starling-12 again, but had an abortion – then blamed on a bad sensor – seven seconds before the lift. Finally, the launch of the new Falcon 9 with the upgraded GPS III satellite was halted two seconds before the liftoff on October 2. The net was moved from October 3rd to 5th shortly before the separate release delay of the GPS III SV04, and the Starling-12 is now next.

Elon Musk, CEO of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, has been concerned about these recent delays – often as a result of weather and ULA’s own NROL-44 launch delays – undermining the highly advanced level and planning reliability of the upgrade. Currently focusing on building SpaceX’s new starship plant and launching the rocket’s first high-altitude and orbital test aircraft in Boca, Texas, Musk said he would fly to Cape Canaveral in October to “review hardware in person”. 5th.

Musk says SpaceX is “doing extensive research on the launch pad, momentum, structures, avionics, range and regulation” to determine the obvious goal. “48 Startups” Possible in 2021.

To be fair to SpaceX, most of the delays the company has experienced over the past month have been due to weather conditions and the ULA’s “national security” priority treatment of the NROL-44 launch range. In addition, an impressive Seven Between August 26 and September 30, the ULA NROL-44 launch attempts had only one event due to the weather – the result of the remaining six various technical software and hardware errors. SpaceX’s Starling-12 and GPS III SV04 missions stopped with only one technical launch each on September 30 and October 2.

In other words, the lack of upgrading of the Balkan rockets for launching and landing in bad weather conditions, most of the delays on SpaceX are largely out of the company’s control, while the ULA’s NROL-44 struggles prove just how bad things can be. According to An unofficial analysis of 44 Balkan Block 5 Since May 2018, only four technical release stops have been triggered by a booster error. Pad-caused miscarriages are almost common, with an average of about 1 in 6 to 8 SpaceX launches, just before the lift.

Captured in one frame, SpaceX’s GPS III SV04 and Starling-12 missions have come under repeated release delays over the past 1-3 weeks. (SpaceX)

Overall, the Falcon Black 5 rockets will be launched on time, on time, even though they have struggled with repeated delays than usual over the past few months. Anyway, reach anywhere near 48 launches a year Important Improvements need to be made, including upgrading those responsible for the weather control of the Balkans 9. As of October 2020, SpaceX has not launched four times a month (or four times in the same நாள் 30 day period). To start 48 times a year, SpaceX is required Average Four starts per month. Of course, the 2020-summer weather does not in any way account for the possibility of a 4-8+ week discount from the annual availability of the Falcon 9.

Regardless, SpaceX will launch a live broadcast At 7:35 a.m. EDT (11:35 UTC) on the third Starling-12 launch attempt. Tune in (hopefully) to catch the company’s 17th debut this year.

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