KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida. – It will soon launch again off the Florida coast, as SpaceX is slated to launch another round of satellites that stream the Internet on a Falcon 9 rocket.
SpaceX is slated to ship the tenth round of Starlink satellites on Friday on a Falcon 9 rocket, sending the total constellation above 600. The company is launching dozens of satellites every two weeks to create a global Internet network based on the space, even providing Internet access in remote areas.
In this launch, SpaceX will launch dozens of Starlink satellites, as well as a carpool mission for Earth observation company BlackSky. The company purchased trips on Falcon 9 for two of its satellites.
According to the 45th US Air Force Weather Squadron, there is a 60% chance of good weather on Friday afternoon to take off from the launch pad of Kennedy Space Center 39A.
“Overall, conditions look relatively favorable for the launch window,” states the 45th Weather Squad forecast. The main concerns for the launch window are cloud cover conditions.
Spaceflightnow.com reports that SpaceX carried out a static fire on the Falcon 9 engines on Wednesday night.
Friday’s 10-minute launch window opens at 4:18 pm
After launch, the Falcon 9 propeller will land on a drone in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX successfully launched its ninth round of Starlink satellites on June 13 from Cape Canaveral.
The company recently created a new website where users can sign up for information on when the Starlink Internet service will be available.
According to the SpaceX website, “Starlink is targeting the service in the northern US and Canada in 2020, rapidly expanding to near-global coverage of the populated world by 2021.”
SpaceX is also targeting June 30 for another Falcon 9 launch, this one from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40.
What: Falcon 9 rocket
Where: Kennedy Space Center 39A launch pad
Payload: Starlink and BlackSky satellites
Release time: Friday at 4:18 pm
Landing: at sea
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