SpaceX delays Starlink launch to fly Crew-5 astronauts

SpaceX delayed the liftoff of its next fleet of Starlink satellites in order to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Wednesday (October 5).

In what appears to be a rocket logjam for SpaceX, the company announced Tuesday that it has delayed the planned launch of 52 Starlink Internet satellites from California’s Vandenberg Space Base until Wednesday (Oct. 5) — a one-day delay — to make way for for the launch of the Crew-5 mission for NASA, the company’s next astronaut mission. This flight is also scheduled to depart on Wednesday. Liftoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) and you can watch it live online, courtesy of NASA TV, starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT).

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