SpaceX is planning to launch its next Starlink internet satellite mission from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch window is set to open on Tuesday night and extend into Wednesday morning. Although SpaceX has not confirmed the mission, navigational warnings indicate that a Falcon 9 rocket will take off from Launch Complex 40.
The launch window is scheduled to be open for 4½ hours, starting from 9:47 p.m. EDT and ending at 2:18 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. The 45th Weather Squadron of the Space Force predicts a 60% chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch. The squadron’s forecast mentions that the primary concern for launch would be cumulus clouds associated with onshore-moving showers.
According to meteorologists at the National Weather Service station in Melbourne, there is also a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday night at the Space Force station. The weather is expected to be mostly cloudy, with temperatures reaching a low of around 74 degrees Fahrenheit and an east-northeast wind of 5 to 10 mph.
The payload for this mission is another set of Starlink internet satellites packed in the rocket’s nose cone. After liftoff, the rocket will follow a southeasterly trajectory along Florida’s Atlantic coast. The first-stage booster will attempt to land on a drone ship near the Bahamas.
If the launch goes according to schedule, it will mark the 50th launch of the year from the Space Coast.
SpaceX’s Starlink constellation is a network of satellites that operates approximately 340 miles above Earth. It provides global internet service to areas that are difficult to reach and customers on every continent. Since 2019, SpaceX has launched over 5,000 satellites for this constellation.
For live coverage of the launch, follow FLORIDA TODAY’s Space Team, available 90 minutes before liftoff. For the latest updates on the launch schedule, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.