SpaceX – Elon Musk’s space exploration company – had yet another launch of its Falcon 9 rocket scheduled for July 8. On this mission, the company would take 57 more satellites from its own constellation, Starlink, to Earth orbit, in addition to two satellites from BlackSky, which took advantage of the free ride service offered by Musk’s company.
However, due to weather conditions at the time of launch, the company was forced to postpone its plans without giving a new date at the time.
Now we have a new date, as announced by the company yesterday, July 9th. According to the company’s publication on Twitter, Falcon 9 will be released tomorrow, July 11, at 10:54 am local time (11:54 am Brasília time).
Targeting Saturday, July 11 at 10:54 am EDT for Falcon 9 launch of 57 Starlink satellites and 2 BlackSky spacecraft, a @SpaceflightInc customer
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 9, 2020
The 57 Starlink satellites will arrive in space to increase the composition of the SpaceX artificial constellation, which will be useful for the accessible broadband service that is in the South African entrepreneur’s plans. The two BlackSky satellites will be used to capture terrestrial images and for data analysis.
A novelty for this launch is the presence of solar display systems on each Starlink satellite, which – according to SpaceX – may limit the reflectivity on them.
As usual, the launch may be accompanied by a live broadcast, whose link will be released by the company moments before takeoff. Falcon 9 will depart from Launch Complex 39A, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.