SpaceX teams at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida are on track to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday with another batch of the company’s Starlink internet satellites.
When a SpaceX stream hosted on X (formerly Twitter) becomes available approximately 5 minutes before liftoff, it will be made available at the top of this page.
SpaceX rocket launch tonight: New launch time
6:30 PM EST: Good evening and welcome to our space team’s live coverage of the SpaceX Starlink 6-23 mission’s launch attempt tonight from Cape Canaveral Space Station.
SpaceX is now aiming for a liftoff at 8:36 PM EST, about 44 minutes later than the previously targeted attempt. Weather conditions are expected to be 95% favourable.
More frequent updates will be provided as we progress through the pre-launch countdown. Stay tuned.
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The 230-foot rocket is scheduled to launch at 8:36 p.m. EST on Tuesday, about 44 minutes later than the previously targeted launch time.
If necessary, SpaceX has other backup opportunities until 8:48 PM EST.
According to SpaceX, there are also six launch opportunities later Wednesday, starting at 4:55 PM EST, if teams are forced to back out or back out of Tuesday’s attempt for any reason.
SpaceX rocket launch tonight: What’s the weather forecast?
A launch weather report released by the Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron on Monday pegs conditions at 95% “launchable” for Tuesday’s liftoff.
“Conditions for the initial launch window appear very favorable, with low relative humidity values and a weak chance of violating the cumulonimbus cloud base,” forecasters said. “For Backup Day, similar conditions are expected.”
The National Weather Service in Melbourne is calling for sunny conditions for the Space Coast all day on Tuesday. The high temperature is expected to reach 73 degrees, with light winds up to 10 mph from the northwest. Conditions in the latter half of the launch window during the evening should remain mostly favorable, with clear skies and a low temperature of around 62 degrees.
- It will host the Cape Canaveral Space Station’s Launch Complex 40.
- The payload is the company’s next batch of Internet-broadcasting Starlink satellites.
- The 230-foot Falcon 9 rocket will follow a southeast trajectory between Florida and the Bahamas.
- There are no local sound spikes with this task. The 130-foot-long first-stage booster will target a drone ship landing in the Atlantic Ocean about eight minutes after liftoff.
- This marks the sixteenth flight of the first phase supporting this mission.
- If the schedule holds, the Starlink 6-23 mission will mark the 57th Space Coast launch this year. Equaling the record set in 2022 and surpassing 2021’s previous record of 31.
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Another SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink mission could take place from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station this weekend, but SpaceX has yet to announce its next target launch date. For the latest, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.
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