SpaceX is planning its next launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Friday night, according to navigational warnings. The mission, known as Starlink 6-26, is set to take place between 6:23 and 10:54 p.m. EDT. However, there has been no official announcement from SpaceX regarding this launch.
Weather conditions for Friday night in Cape Canaveral are predicted to be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. The National Weather Service expects a low temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, accompanied by an east-northeast wind ranging from 15 to 20 mph.
The launch forecast from the Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron has yet to be released. If successful, this will be the 60th orbital launch to take place from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Kennedy Space Center this year.
The launch site for the Starlink 6-26 mission is Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The trajectory of the Falcon 9 rocket will be southeast, and there will be no local sonic booms. The booster landing is expected to occur on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
Live coverage of the launch will begin 90 minutes before liftoff and can be found at floridatoday.com/space. For the latest updates on launch schedules at Cape Canaveral, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.
It is unclear whether the timing of the launch will coincide with Brevard County high school football games, such as the Cocoa-Rockledge Barbecue Bowl and Eau Gallie vs. Melbourne. However, spectators and fans in the area may have the opportunity to witness the Falcon 9 rocket streaking across the night sky while enjoying the games.
The SpaceX Starlink mission aims to deploy a batch of internet satellites into orbit.