It’s launch day!
SpaceX teams at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station are on course to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a communications satellite for the Indonesian government this evening. Catch FLORIDA TODAY’s Space Team live launch coverage starting 90 minutes before liftoff.
Here’s everything you need to know:
- Takeoff is set for 6:04 PM EST on Sunday, June 18th.
- It will host Launch Complex 40 of the Cape Canaveral space station.
- The launch window is approximately three hours from 6:04 PM to 9:02 PM EST.
- Meteorologists expect there will be a 60% chance of “go” weather conditions when the launch window opens, which improves to 75% “go” by the close.
- The payload is the Satria-1 communications satellite of the Indonesian satellite operator PSN and the Indonesian government.
- The 230-foot Falcon 9 rocket will fly on an easterly trajectory over the Atlantic Ocean.
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- If launched on time, it will mark the Space Coast’s 30th launch this year.
- No local sonic boom with this launch.
- The 130-foot-tall first-stage booster will target an unmanned ship that lands in the Atlantic Ocean about eight minutes after liftoff.
- This mission features a smaller FAA-issued no-fly zone to help reduce delays for commercial flights, an effort that began in April.
For the latest, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.
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