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  • On Thursday and Friday SpaceX had two rockets abort their launches due to technical issues.
  • Elon Musk said on Twitter he will be heading to Florida this week to inspect hardware at the launch sites.
  • Previously most of his energy had been focused on the company’s site in Boca Chica, Texas where SpaceX is developing its Starship rocket.
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Elon Musk will go in person to check SpaceX’s launch pads after a disappointing week where two rockets failed to launch.

On Thursday, SpaceX aborted a launch of its Starlink high-speed internet satellites following an unexpected “ground system sensor reading.” Then on Friday, a scheduled launch of its Falcon 9 rocket was aborted just seconds before launch. Elon Musk said on Twitter this was caused by an “unexpected pressure rise in the turbomachinery gas generator.”

The two aborted attempts were enough to draw Musk’s concern.

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Update for 7:46 a.m. EDT: SpaceX has postponed its Falcon 9 launch of 60 new Starlink satellites from Florida today, Oct. 5, due to bad weather. The company will try again on Tuesday, Oct. 6.



a plane sitting on top of a grass covered field: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink internet satellites stands atop Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida during a Sept. 28, 2020 launch attempt.


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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink internet satellites stands atop Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida during a Sept. 28, 2020 launch attempt.

“We are standing down from today’s Starlink mission due to weather violations on the Range. The team is setting up for a launch opportunity tomorrow at 7:29 a.m. EDT; weather forecast is 70% favorable for liftoff,” SpaceX wrote in a tweet update.

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SpaceX will launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites Monday (Oct. 5) in the company’s 13th mission dedicated to the space-based broadband megaconstellation and you can watch the launch live here. Liftoff is set for 7:51 a.m.

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Pictures of a SpaceX broadband-satellite dish and wildfire-ravaged areas of Washington State.
Enlarge / A Starlink user terminal and wildfire-devastated areas seen in images shared by Washington state’s Emergency Management Division.

SpaceX Starlink is providing Internet access to Washington state emergency responders in areas ravaged by wildfires. The group has deployed seven Starlink user terminals (i.e. satellite dishes) since it began using the service in early August, as CNBC reported yesterday:

“I have never set up any tactical satellite equipment that has been as quick to set up, and anywhere near as reliable” as Starlink, Richard Hall, the emergency telecommunications leader of the Washington State Military Department’s IT division, told CNBC in an interview Monday.

The broadband service has helped both emergency responders and families in wildfire-stricken areas. Hall “has set up terminals in areas that were burned severely to provide evacuated families with wireless calling and Internet access to file insurance claims,” CNBC wrote. Hall said he also “did setup to

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(Credit: Washington Emergency Management)

Residents in Washington state recovering from the wildfires are remaining online, thanks to SpaceX’s satellite broadband network. 

The company’s Starlink system has been supplying the emergency internet to residents in Malden, a town of about 200 people, where an estimated 80 percent of the homes have been destroyed by the wildfires.

On Monday, Washington’s Emergency Management Department tweeted a photo of a Starlink satellite terminal acting as a public Wi-Fi hotspot. “Malden, WA is an area where fiber and most of the town burned down. Without this equipment, it would have been much harder for folks to get internet in that area,” the department added in a follow-up tweet.  

“SpaceX provided seven terminals for our agency to use for free, where we saw the most need,” the state’s Emergency Management Department told PCMag. Other Starlink terminals are supplying emergency broadband around Bonney Lake, Washington, where

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Washington Emergency Management Division

The Starlink satellite internet network that SpaceX is developing has been used in the field by Washington state emergency responders in recent weeks, the first early application of the company’s service to be disclosed.

Washington’s state military, which includes its emergency response division, began employing Starlink user terminals in early August to bring internet service to areas devastated by wildfires. User terminals are the small devices on the ground that connect to the satellites. The emergency division has seven Starlink user terminals, which it is deploying with early success.

“I have never set up any tactical satellite equipment that has been as quick to set up, and anywhere near as reliable” as Starlink, Richard Hall, the emergency telecommunications leader of the Washington State Military Department’s IT division, told CNBC in an interview Monday.

How Washington’s using Starlink

Starlink is the name for SpaceX’s ambitious plan to

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A Starlink user terminal, which would connect consumers to the company’s satellite internet service.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Monday reiterated the likelihood that his private space company will likely take its Starlink satellite internet service public in the coming years.

“We will probably IPO Starlink, but only several years in the future when revenue growth is smooth & predictable,” Musk said in a tweet. “Public market does not like erratic cash flow haha.”

SpaceX leadership has previously discussed the idea, with company President Gwynne Shotwell in February telling a group of investors in February that “Starlink is the right kind of business that we can go ahead and take public,” adding that the company could spin it off.

But a month later Musk downplayed the idea, saying that SpaceX was not focused on a Starlink IPO and “thinking about that zero.” Instead, Musk at the time said SpaceX’s

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  • Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX is gearing up to launch another 60 Starlink internet satellites tonight.
  • The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 7:52 pm Indian Standard Time (IST).
  • Here’s how you watch the SpaceX launch live.

The next big batch of Starlink satellites will take to the skies tonight. The 60 new satellites will join SpaceX’s growing mega constellation to cover the world in a blanket high-speed internet.

Elon Musk’s space exploration company has already launched 650 satellites, 175 of which went up in August alone.

Musk had previously suggested that the company would launch Starlink satellites every two weeks throughout the year to hit 1,400 by the end of 2020, but the plan is progressing slower than that so far.

The SpaceX workhorse Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off from Pad 39A at the

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a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: SpaceX will launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites from Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sept. 28, 2020.Shown here: A different Falcon launches the Starlink 11 mission on Sept. 3 from the same pad.


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SpaceX will launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sept. 28, 2020.Shown here: A different Falcon launches the Starlink 11 mission on Sept. 3 from the same pad.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX will launch its next big batch of Starlink satellites into orbit for the company’s growing megaconstellation today (Sept. 28), and you can watch the action live online. 

The Hawthorne, California-based company will loft 60 Starlink internet satellites on its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s historic Pad 39A here at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:22 a.m. EDT (1422 GMT). 

You can watch the launch live here and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of SpaceX, beginning about 15 minutes before liftoff. You can also watch the launch directly via SpaceX. 

Related: SpaceX’s Starlink satellite megaconstellation launches in photos 

Today’s flight,

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