CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida. – Following the successful launch of its own payload from Florida earlier this week, SpaceX is preparing another Falcon 9 rocket to take off with satellites from several customers, including DARPA, NASA and more from its own Starlink satellites.
SpaceX rideshare’s mission includes public and private consumer cargo, as well as a dozen smaller nanosatellites. The rocket will take off from launch complex 40 at a space force station on Cape Canaveral. The start window opens on Saturday at 9:40 a.m. It has been postponed since Friday morning.
The mission, known as Transporter-1
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According to the forecast of the 45th space wing, the current care for the launch window will be a dense cloud cover. Weather forecasters give the launch window a 60% chance of good weather. The front will bring showers to the space coast on Saturday morning.
After launch, the Falcon 9 will head south to a polar orbit, a rare trajectory sending the rocket down the coast of Florida. Due to the unusual path of the SpaceX spacecraft, of course, I still love you, it will not be north of the launch pad waiting to catch the rocket accelerator, but south in the Atlantic Ocean.
Earlier in the week, another Falcon 9 launched 60 Starlink satellites from the Cape Canaveral space station. The successful delivery to low Earth orbit was the 17th part of the constellation SpaceX, designed to provide global Internet even in remote areas of the world. There were already nearly 1,000 Starlink satellites in orbit.
SpaceX plans to continue to grow this constellation this year with launches every other week.
In Texas, meanwhile, SpaceX teams are working on another test flight of the company’s interplanetary spacecraft, which is under development at the Boca Chica site. Starship’s latest flight stunned online viewers around the world when the spacecraft’s prototype launched, made an aerial rotation and landed for an explosive landing.
The launch of this weekend will mark the third for SpaceX this year.
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