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SpaceX delays launch of 22 Starlink satellites from California –

a black-and-white spacex falcon 9 rocket launches into a darkening evening sky.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 23 Starlink internet satellites from Florida on March 25, 2024.
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SpaceX has reset the launch of another batch of its Starlink internet satellites to no sooner than Friday evening (March 29).

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 Starlink spacecraft was set to lift off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Thursday (March 28), but the company called off the attempt before beginning to fuel the vehicle. SpaceX is now targeting to earlier than Friday at 10:30 p.m. EDT (7:30 p.m. Pacific time or 0230 GMT on March 30).

When the launch occurs, you can watch it live via SpaceX‘s account on X. Coverage will begin about five minutes before the liftoff. 

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If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9’s first stage will come back to Earth for a vertical touchdown about 8.5 minutes after launch. That landing will occur on the deck of the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean. 

It will be the 15th launch and landing for this particular booster, according to a SpaceX mission description.

The Falcon 9’s upper stage will continue hauling the 22 Starlink satellites toward low Earth orbit (LEO), where they will be deployed about 62 minutes after liftoff.

The rescheduled launch will be the 30th Falcon 9 flight of 2024, and the 20th dedicated to building out the Starlink megaconstellation. To date, SpaceX has lofted 6,077 Starlink satellites, 5,610 of which are currently operational, according to astrophysicist and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell.

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Those already-staggering numbers will continue to grow far into the future. SpaceX has permission to deploy 12,000 Starlink craft in LEO and has applied for approval for another 30,000 on top of that.

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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, “Out There,” was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.