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SpaceX reschedules launch for two rockets to Friday and Saturday

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(CAPE CANAVERAL, FL) – SpaceX is now set for launches Friday and Saturday, changing their original plan for a same-day launch that could have made history for the tightest turnaround between two launches.

In a Tweet, SpaceX announced it is prioritizing the Falcon 9 launch of the O3b mPOWER mission on Friday, and is targeting a Saturday launch of the company’s own Starlink satellites.

The Friday launch from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station will loft a pair of internet communications satellites for its customer SES, a Luxembourg-based satellite operator. An 87-minute liftoff window was set to open at 4:21 p.m. ET.

Then, on Saturday, at nearby Pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center a second Falcon 9 will send another batch of SpaceX’s own internet-beaming Starlink satellites to orbit.

Both missions were expected to feature first-stage Falcon 9 booster landings on separate drone ships stationed in the Atlantic Ocean a short time after liftoff.