Space Coast, FL – October, the month of pumpkin spiced lattes, spooky movies, Halloween jokes and… scrubs. The media has now been referring to October as, Scrubtober. There have been many scrubs of rocket launches this far. Let’s take a peek at them.
Starting with a SpaceX Falcon 9 B1058 scrub for Starlink L12, on October 1, 2020.
The same day in the evening, Northrop Grumman Antares scrubbed on the mission NG-14. A cargo resupply mission to the ISS.
Next on the list, and only one (1) day later, another SpaceX Falcon 9 scrubs for the GPSIII SV04 mission. This scrub occurred on October 2, 2020. Don’t forget this is all following the scrubs and delays of ULA’s Delta IV Heavy mission, NROL-44 from September 2020.
The “temporary” curse was lifted on October 6, 2020 with the successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 B1058 for the Starlink L12 mission. Things are looking up!
Which now brings us to another SpaceX successful launch. The Falcon 9 B1051 took flight for the Starlink L13 mission. This lifted off on October 18, 2020 in the morning.
Things are looking good… right? Two launches in a row! We are ALMOST on a roll. But don’t forget, and yes we are including… Rocket Lab’s Electron – In Focus mission. This was scrubbed only 2 days ago, on October 21, 2020. Scrubtober continues.
So go grab another pumpkin spiced latte and flip on your favorite movie streaming provider. Because we have 1 more for ya! SpaceX Falcon 9 B1060 for Starlink L14 scrubbed yesterday.
Most of the scrubs this month have been due to hardware concerns. All ranging from sensor readings to flight success assurance issues. Spaceflight is hard and many variables come into account. So when we see a scrub that’s a good thing. It means that safety measures are in place. There are 8 days left in the month and so far there are about 5 more launches scheduled, across the globe. Here’s hoping to the success of those launch attempts.
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