With 5 seconds Left in the Countdown, SpaceX Aborts Starlink Satellite Launch

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In less than a week, SpaceX marks the second instance to abort a Starlink satellite launch. SpaceX had scheduled to launch 15 Starlink internet satellites from its Base in California’s Vandenberg Space Force on 18th July. The rocket named Falcon 9 was aborted just 5 seconds before the launch.

Reason For Abort

Safety commitment was likely the reason for aborting the mission. During a webcast with SpaceX’s Zach Luppen, he explained there can be many reasons that could arise during the launch. As a result, SpaceX exercises extreme caution, seriously considering any sign of a hazard, and suspending the countdown if necessary.

If we look back a few days, it’s not the first time SpaceX has aborted a launch. On July 14, the rocket named Falcon 9 carrying 54 satellites was called off at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Eventually, it completed a successful launch the next day, making it the 16th launch without any incident.

Hours after the incident, no reason for aborting the launch had been given by the SpaceX team. Even after a dense fog at Vandenberg, the weather conditions were suitable for a launch. But SpaceX made a statement in which they stated both the rockets and Starlink satellites are in good health. The new date for the launch is the 19th of July.

The Aim of SpaceX’s Starlink Project

SpaceX aims to create a mega-constellation of satellites that can provide global broadband internet coverage with the Starlink project. To date, SpaceX had launched 1500 satellites into orbit. The company hopes to close the digital divide and provide internet connectivity to remote areas of the earth.

For ambitious initiatives like these to expand Starlink Mega-constellation, some delays, and aborted launches are expected. Every aborted launch gives new findings to the SpaceX team. Even though it may be upsetting for SpaceX and its supporters, it serves as an example of the company’s dedication to accuracy and dependability in its space ventures.

The future launch attempts by SpaceX will continue to grab the world’s attention as it persists in its ambition to improve space travel and global connection. The Starlink constellation, which has the potential to revolutionize internet accessibility on Earth, moves closer to realization with each successful mission.

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