SpaceX is planning for its next launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, potentially creating a spectacular sight for high school football spectators in Brevard County. While the launch has not been officially announced by SpaceX, navigational warnings indicate a launch window on Friday night.
The mission, known as Starlink 6-26, has a launch window extending from 6:23 to 10:54 p.m. EDT on Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration advisory provides these details, though SpaceX has not released an official statement.
Local weather forecasters from the National Weather Service predict a 20% chance of showers on Friday night, accompanied by mostly cloudy skies and an east-northeast wind of around 15 mph. If the launch proceeds as planned, it would be the 60th orbital launch this year from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Kennedy Space Center.
This launch involves a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the latest batch of Starlink internet satellites. The launch site is Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. No sonic boom is expected to occur in the local area, and the booster landing will be on a drone ship located in the Atlantic Ocean.
Live coverage of the launch will be available on floridatoday.com/space, starting 90 minutes before liftoff. Spectators who plan to attend high school football games, such as the Cocoa-Rockledge Barbecue Bowl and Eau Gallie vs. Melbourne, may have the opportunity to witness the rocket streaking across the sky.
While awaiting confirmation and further updates from SpaceX and the 45th Weather Squadron, high school football spectators can look forward to the potential added excitement of a rocket launch during their games.