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Science Roundup: SpaceX launch cancelled; Genetically modified cane and more

Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 17-05-2019 12:19 IST | Created: 17-05-2019 10:28 IST
Science Roundup: SpaceX launch cancelled; Genetically modified cane and more
A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday. Image Credit: Twitter (@SpaceX)

Following is a summary of current science news briefs.

SpaceX postpones Starlink satellite launch again, for 'about a week'

A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday, this time for "about a week," in order to update satellite software and "triple-check everything," Elon Musk's rocket company said. The delayed mission is designed to carry into low-Earth orbit an initial batch of 60 satellites for Musk's new Starlink global internet service, a venture intended to generate cash for the rest of the billionaire entrepreneur's space exploration ambitions.

Brazil seeks China's OK for genetically modified sugarcane

Brazil's agriculture minister will ask Chinese officials on Thursday to greenlight exports to the Asian nation of sugar made from genetically modified (GM) sugarcane, which is expected to be widely used in Brazil in coming years. Minister Tereza Cristina Dias told Reuters in Beijing on Wednesday, on her first visit to Brazil's top buyer of farm goods, that she would raise the GMO issue during a visit to China's General Administration of Customs on Thursday.

High winds force SpaceX to postpone the first launch of Starlink satellites

Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX postponed a planned Wednesday night blastoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first 60 satellites for his new Starlink internet service, citing excessive winds over the Florida launch site. Launch of the mission, aimed at placing the initial stage of Musk's space-based global internet network into low-Earth orbit, was rescheduled for 10:30 p.m. on Thursday (0230 GMT Friday) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX said.


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