SpaceX scrubs Falcon 9 Starlink mission for the third night in a row due to weather

SpaceX’s third attempt to launch its next Starlink mission this week was scrubbed again on Thursday because of poor weather around Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Forecasters with U.S. Space Force’s Space Launch Delta 45 gave Thursdays opportunity only a 40% chance of acceptable liftoff weather conditions expecting more of same rainy conditions in areas nearby.

The launch attempt slated for liftoff at 9:27 p.m. was called off about thirty seconds before liftoff setting SpaceX up for a 24-hour recycle. 

 A fourth launch attempt is expected at 9:05 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 16, although the weather outlook then doesn’t look any more promising.

Forecasters project only a 50% chance of go conditions at liftoff weather for late evening launch attempt Friday evening with primary weather concerns leftover anvil clouds & associated electric field

The Falcon 9 will loft another batch of dozens of Starlink internet-beaming satellites to join more than 3,200 already in orbit. Falcon 9 is expected to land on drone ship stationed in Atlantic Ocean.

It will mark SpaceX’s 61st dedicated mission for the Starlink service and the 40th launch to fly from Florida this year.