The weather forecast looks mostly favorable for the Space Coast’s next launch, a mission slated to see a 230-foot SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket take flight from Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday.
Conditions are shaping up to be 70% “go” for the 11:59 a.m. liftoff from pad 39A, the Space Force said Sunday, thanks to the movement of drier air. Teams will have until 12:05 p.m. to launch.
“On Wednesday, some drier mid-level air will likely move into the area, helping to limit shower and storm coverage compared to earlier in the week,” the 45th Weather Squadron said. “The primary concern for the launch window is the cumulus cloud rule.”
In the event of a technical or weather-related delay to Thursday, the forecast appears to remain roughly the same.
Packed into the rocket’s payload fairing will be just under 60 Starlink satellites, part of the company’s effort to deliver broadband internet service from low-Earth orbit. After liftoff and separation, the flat-packed satellites will raise their orbits to some 350 miles above Earth over the next several weeks.
Wednesday’s launch will mark SpaceX’s 10th mission for Starlink, pushing the constellation’s size to just under 600 satellites.
Starlink missions normally fly with 60 spacecraft, but Wednesday’s flight includes two “rideshare” satellites for BlackSky Global, a Seattle-based Earth monitoring company. Its constellation is mainly designed to provide high-resolution images for customers.
After liftoff from pad 39A, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will target a landing on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Its sibling, Just Read the Instructions, returned to Port Canaveral over the weekend after SpaceX’s last launch – a Global Positioning System satellite – on June 30.
Just Read the Instructions should arrive back on the Space Coast for the booster’s post-launch checkouts and refurbishment by the end of the weekend.
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- Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9
- Mission: About 60 Starlink satellites
- Launch time: 11:59 a.m. ET
- Launch pad: 39A at Kennedy Space Center
- Landing: Drone ship
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