Following Launch Pad Abort; StarLink-5 set to fly


After a long awaited mission was set to liftoff, an issue occurred that caused only the second ever abort of a SpaceX Falcon 9 after main engine ignition but before liftoff.


On March 15th, 2020 at 9:22 am, SpaceX was to lift its fifth batch of 60 version 1 Starlink Satellites into Low Earth Orbit. However, this was no ordinary launch, as it marked the first time a booster was to be re-flown for a fifth time, getting it halfway to its ten-flight lifespan.


After a successful static fire on March 13th, the booster was declared safe to fly and March 15th was set to be the historic flight, but when the countdown reached zero and the engines had ignited, no movement was seen on the pad as the onboard computer experienced an anomaly and aborted the launch.


At this time, no information has been released on reasoning for the abort, but launch has been rescheduled for March 18th, 2020 at 8:16 am.


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