Live Coverage: SpaceX to Launch 23 Starlink Satellites on Falcon 9 Rocket from Cape Canaveral

Live Coverage: SpaceX to Launch 23 Starlink Satellites on Falcon 9 Rocket from Cape Canaveral

SpaceX is gearing up for two major Starlink missions set to launch from Cape Canaveral within the span of 48 hours, as reported by ‘Insider Wales Sport’. The first of the two missions is scheduled to lift off from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday at 7:39 p.m. EDT. Following closely behind, the second mission will be launched from the nearby pad 40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Monday.

Despite the excitement surrounding the upcoming launches, the 45th Weather Squadron has issued concerns regarding Saturday’s mission, giving it a 75% chance of acceptable weather. Factors such as high winds and the risk of lightning due to cumulus clouds have raised some red flags, leading SpaceX to postpone the original Friday evening launch due to bad weather conditions.

The Falcon 9 first stage assigned to the Starlink 6-42 mission is set to make its 19th flight and will aim to land on the drone ship ‘Just Read the Instructions’. The primary goal of the mission is to deploy 23 second-generation Starlink satellites into orbit. With this launch, SpaceX will have successfully placed a total of 6,031 satellites for its Starlink internet service, which currently boasts 2.3 million subscribers spread across over 70 countries.

Looking ahead, more Starlink satellites are expected to be launched from both Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Space Force Base later in the week. The series of launches highlights SpaceX’s commitment to expanding its global internet coverage and solidifying its presence in the space industry. Stay tuned for more updates as these missions unfold.

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