SpaceX is doubling the fun!
To make up for the delays that bogged down SpaceX’s schedule a few days earlier, the commercial aerospace company is seeking to conduct a twin launch on September 3rd.
According to a report by Eric Ralph on Teslarati, the company is seeking to do one of the biggest batch launches of its Starlink satellites and then will be followed by a test ‘hop’ of one of the company’s Starship prototype.
The craft carrying the satellites for the company’s Internet service, called Starlink-11, was supposed to be launched the first day of September but was moved to the current date to give way for the company’s team to have “additional time for data review”, according to Ralph.
On the other hand, the company’s sixth iteration of its Starship prototype series’ (SN6) launch was called off last August 30th a few minutes before its scheduled liftoff. It was speculated that the wind situation and the local weather in the area was the main determining factor for the decision. Its supposed launch on the same day will be comparable to that of its predecessor, the SN5, which was the first flight of any full-scale prototype according to the Teslarati report.
It is expected that the company’s Starlink-11 mission would have its lift-off before the Starship prototype. SN6 will have a twelve-hour time frame between 8 AM to 8 PM local time to perform its hop test. Ralph shares that these times may overlap and they follow an instantaneous approach. If a technical concern of weather events is seen to affect the launch, the company will allow 24 hours ‘scrub event’ for leeway.
SpaceX will conduct a live webcast of the event of its official Youtube channel. You can watch it over here.