Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023
SpaceX to Launch Falcon 9 Rocket Carrying Starlink Satellites

SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 Starlink internet satellites from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch, known as the Starlink 6-16 mission, is scheduled for 11:38 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 15. If necessary, there is an additional launch opportunity at 12:07 a.m. EDT on Saturday.

After liftoff, the first stage booster of the Falcon 9 rocket will attempt a landing on a drone ship in the sea. The weather conditions at the spaceport are currently reported to have a 45% chance of being favorable for launch, with a “low to moderate risk” for the drone ship landing.

If the launch proceeds according to schedule, it will be the 49th launch from the Space Coast this year. The rocket will follow a southeasterly trajectory between Florida and the Bahamas.

This particular Falcon 9 booster has flown four previous missions and is being reused for the fifth time. SpaceX is expected to launch more Starlink missions from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in the following week, but specific dates have not yet been announced.

For the latest updates on launch schedules, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.