Spooky Scrubtober

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.

Falcon 9 B1058 Starlink L12 scrubs at LC-39A | photo: Jon Van Horne

The same day in the evening, Northrop Grumman Antares scrubbed on the mission NG-14. A cargo resupply mission to the ISS.

Antares NG-14 scrubs in Wallops, VA | image: NASA live stream

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.

Faclon 9 B1062 GPSIII SV04 scrubs at SLC-40 | photo: Jon Van Horne

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!

Faclon 9 B1058 soars through the air across the Indian River in FL | photo: Jon Van Horne

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.

Falcon 9 B1051 from ~13 mi away just before main engine cut off | photo: Jon Van Horne

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.

Electron in Focus scrubbed at Launch Complex 1, Pad A, Mahia Peninsula, NZ | photo: Rocket Lab

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.

Falcon 9 B1060 Starlink L14 at SLC-40 scrubs | Jon Van Horne

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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Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.