The Falcon 9 rocket booster that sent NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in May is set to get recycled again when SpaceX sends 60 more Starlink satellites to orbit atop its column of fire next week.
Elon Musk's trademark reusable rocket will be making its third flight when it lifts off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. This specific unit sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and then launched a South Korean satellite in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to six times.
The launch was originally scheduled for earlier in the month, but was pushed back a day and then postponed again due to less than ideal weather conditions in the Atlantic where the first stage and the fairing were set to be recovered. Now, with more settled seas, the mission is scheduled for a 7:22 a.m. PT (10:22 a.m. in Florida) liftoff time Monday.
Standing down from tomorrow's launch of Starlink due to severe weather in the recovery area, which is likely to persist for a couple days. Will announce a new target launch date once confirmed— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 18, 2020