Solstorm delays launch of Starlink, disrupts operation of oil rig

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

SpaceX eventually launched these satellites, the first batch of 21 second generation Starlink Internet Spacecraft, at 18:13 ET (2313 GMT) Monday after the geomagnetic storm, classified by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a strong G3 storm, subsided. Liftoff occurred approximately 4.5 hours after the originally scheduled launch time.

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