Fri. Sep 29th, 2023
SpaceX to Launch Next Starlink Internet Satellite Mission from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

SpaceX is planning to launch its next Starlink internet satellite mission from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Although the mission has not been officially confirmed by SpaceX, navigational warnings indicate that a Falcon 9 rocket will be launched from Launch Complex 40. The launch window is scheduled to open on Tuesday night and extend into Wednesday morning for a duration of 4½ hours.

The weather forecast for the possible launch has not been released by the 45th Weather Squadron of the Space Force. However, meteorologists from the National Weather Service station in Melbourne predict a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday night, with mostly cloudy skies and an east-northeast wind.

The Starlink 6-17 mission will carry another batch of SpaceX’s internet-beaming satellites, packed in the rocket’s protective nosecone. After liftoff, the 230-foot rocket will follow a southeasterly trajectory along Florida’s Atlantic coast. The first-stage booster is expected to land on a drone ship near the Bahamas.

If the launch goes ahead as scheduled, it will mark the 50th launch on the Space Coast this year. SpaceX’s Starlink constellation currently operates at an altitude of 340 miles above Earth and provides almost global internet service to hard-to-reach destinations and customers across all continents.

Since 2019, SpaceX has sent more than 5,000 satellites to orbit as part of its Starlink missions. For live launch coverage of the Starlink 6-17 mission, follow FLORIDA TODAY’s Space Team, which will begin 90 minutes before liftoff. Additional schedule updates can be found on the FLORIDA TODAY launch schedule.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the latest batch of Starlink internet satellites from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.