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Elon Musk's SpaceX delays launch of Starlink satellites

Elon Musk's SpaceX delays launch of Starlink satellites
Elon Musk's SpaceX company has delayed the launch of its Starlink internet satellites until Thursday.
A Falcon 9 rocket had been scheduled to carry the 60 satellites today from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in Florida, but SpaceX announced the launch was being pushed back due to bad weather.
"Now targeting Thursday, September 3 at 8:46am EDT for launch of Starlink from Launch Complex 39A, pending Range acceptance — team is using additional time for data review," the company said on Twitter.
A file photo from last year showing a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying 60 Starlink satellites. The Starlink constellation will eventually consist of thousands of satellites designed to provide world wide high-speed internet service. (AP)
SpaceX will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a ship at sea if Thursday's launch proceeds. The operation will involve the rocket deploying a giant parachute and being guided into a giant net fitted over the ship.
The company has already launched 600 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit, but has approval to launch 12,000 of the spacecraft.
They are part of a satellite constellation project that aims to provide high speed satellite internet access.
Meanwhile, SpaceX has completed the first polar launch from Florida since 1969.
On board the Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday was the Argentinean SAOCOM-1B satellite and two US payloads
Unlike most launches from Cape Canaveral, which take advantage of the Earth's spin in order to reach low inclination orbits, the SAOCOM-1B mission flew southward, along the east coast of Florida, along a flight path known as the polar corridor.
It was the first mission to launch to polar orbit from Florida since February 26, 1969.