Fri. Dec 8th, 2023
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Set for Evening Launch from Cape Canaveral

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 6:30 p.m. EDT. If necessary, there are seven backup launch opportunities available between 6:56 and 10:22 p.m. EDT. The rocket will deploy a batch of 23 Starlink internet satellites into low-Earth orbit after liftoff. No sonic booms are expected in the area. The rocket’s first stage booster will aim to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 8½ minutes after liftoff.

The Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron predicts an 80% chance of favorable launch weather at the Cape for the Starlink 6-26 mission. There may be scattered cumulus clouds at altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 feet, along with isolated showers and northeast winds of 15 to 20 mph at 200 feet of elevation. The launch forecast indicates that the influence of a surface high settling over the eastern United States will keep the mid-levels dry and moisture confined to lower levels. The primary concern will be the Cumulus Cloud Rule, as onshore showers may move over the launch pad.

The next scheduled launch from Florida’s Space Coast is the NASA SpaceX CRS-29 mission. It is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station and is now planned for launch at 9:16 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.

The Falcon 9 rocket for this mission will be launched from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center and will follow a northeast trajectory. The exact weather conditions for this launch are to be determined. The landing of the rocket’s first stage booster is expected at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Landing Zone 1.

SpaceX’s 29th commercial resupply mission for NASA to the ISS is a part of this launch. A Dragon cargo capsule will carry new science investigations, as well as supplies, food, and equipment for the international crew. The research will include laser communications and studying the interactions between Earth’s weather and space.

For the latest launch schedule updates at the Cape, visit the official website.