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SpaceX delays Falcon 9 Starlink launch for 5th time

The spacecraft company is now targeting an 8:18 p.m. launch window Sunday, Sept. 18.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX delayed its Falcon 9 launch of another batch of Starlink satellites for the fifth day in a row following unfavorable weather.

The spacecraft company is now targeting an 8:18 p.m. launch window Sunday, Sept. 18.

Cloudy conditions and stormy weather has been the culprit for launch delays this week. 

On Wednesday the launch was delayed after the U.S. Space Force predicted a 50% probability of acceptable weather conditions, citing "convective debris and anvils from earlier activity" could likely linger.

The spacecraft company plans to launch yet another batch of Starlink satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 into low-Earth orbit. SpaceX is creating a mega satellite network to provide cost-efficient internet to remote areas, Space.com says. 

This Falcon 9 flight to low-Earth orbit will mark the 61st launch for the Starlink satellites. If the launch is successful, the Falcon 9 booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

    

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