SpaceX Won’t Launch Today Because of High Winds. Hoping to Go Thursday
David Royse | LedeTree
Elon Musk’s SpaceX said early Wednesday it was postponing a planned launch until at least Thursday because of high winds. The launch will take into orbit satellites that are part of the company’s effort to eventually create a ring of satellites aimed at delivering universal internet.
The company is also taking PAZ, a Spanish earth observation satellite, into orbit.
“Standing down today due to strong upper level winds,” SpaceX said on Twitter early Wednesday morning. “Now targeting launch of PAZ for February 22 at 6:17 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base.”
In addition to PAZ, the Falcon 9 rocket will also be carrying two prototype satellites, Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, as part of an effort to test an idea for putting into orbit a massive “constellation” of satellites that one day could make internet coverage global. The project is meant to bring internet to people in places in the world that currently are unconnected.
Today’s Falcon launch carries 2 SpaceX test satellites for global broadband. If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 21, 2018
The company said Wednesday that it’s next chance for launching the satellites from the California launch site will be Thursday morning, assuming the high level winds are lighter.
Standing down today due to strong upper level winds. Now targeting launch of PAZ for February 22 at 6:17 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 21, 2018