A solar storm delays Starlink’s launch and disrupts oil rig operations

A powerful solar storm that swept across Earth on Monday (February 27) forced SpaceX to delay the Starlink launch from Florida and temporarily disrupted operations of several Canadian oil rigs because GPS signals were extremely inaccurate.

SpaceX is finally launched Those satellites, the first batch of 21 second generation Starlink Spacecraft online, at 6:13 p.m. EDT (2313 GMT) Monday after the geomagnetic storm, which the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has classified as a strong G3 storm, has subsided. Takeoff occurred about 4.5 hours after the originally scheduled launch time.

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