The Falcon 9 rocket booster that sentin May is set to get recycled again Monday when SpaceX sends 60 more to orbit atop its column of fire.
The launch, originally scheduled for September, has been postponed multiple times due to weather, including twice last week due to heavy clouds in one case and an aberrant ground sensor reading in another. Elon Musk’s company now says it will target Monday at 7:51 a.m. ET/4:51 a.m. PT for another try.
Elon Musk’s trademark reusable rocket will be making its third flight when it lifts off from Kennedy Space Center. This specific unit sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and thenin July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to .
When the launch finally gets off the ground, it should be fairly routine. It will be the 13th Starlink mission so far, and SpaceX is planning on dozens more as it grows its broadband mega-constellation.
One half of the nose cone, or fairing, atop the rocket has also seen two previous flights, both of them earlier Starlink missions.
Following the launch and separation of the rocket’s second stage and payload, the first-stage booster will again return to Earth to land on a droneship in the Atlantic.
SpaceX will stream the entire thing via the livestream below, starting at about 10 minutes before launch.