Tue. Sep 26th, 2023
SpaceX to Launch More Starlink Satellites

SpaceX is preparing for another launch as they plan to send a group of Starlink satellites into space. The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to leave Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch window opens at 10:47 p.m. ET on Tuesday, with four backup chances available between 11:38 p.m. ET to 1:46 a.m. ET on Wednesday. The 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 60% chance of good launch conditions.

In the event that the launch does not occur on Tuesday night, SpaceX has five additional attempts scheduled for Wednesday, September 20. However, the forecast for Wednesday night’s attempt is not looking favorable, with a 30% chance of good launch weather. The main concerns are cumulus clouds and anvil cloud rules.

The mission, known as Starlink Group 6-17, aims to send 22 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit. These satellites provide internet services to various parts of the world. Prior to this mission, the Falcon 9 first-stage booster B1060 has already completed 16 successful launches.

Once separation occurs, the first stage will attempt a landing on the A Short Fall of Gravitas droneship in the Atlantic Ocean. Currently, there are 4,764 Starlink satellites in orbit, with 4,734 in working order and 4,097 operational.

This launch is another step forward for SpaceX’s Starlink project, as they continue to increase their satellite constellation in order to provide global internet coverage.