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Aerospace fans couldn’t ask for more than what’s coming to the Space Coast this weekend: dozens of planes, smoke and fire from Falcon 9’s main engines and the low roar of two solid rocket accelerators helping launch the Atlas V rocket into orbit.

The eyes will be fixed on the sky more than usual from the beginning of Saturday, when the Big Air Show in Florida at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport starts. Displays from Navy Blue Angels, an Air Force F-1

6 Viper demonstration team and dozens of others – including static displays and exhibits – will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

More information and tickets can be found at

Between the two days of the air show, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the next batch of Starlink Internet satellites from the Kennedy Space Center. Merlin’s nine main engines are expected to explode at 6:54 a.m. Saturday, boosting a 230-foot rocket from a 39A pad. This will mark the 28th launch of the constellation.

After takeoff, the 162-foot first stage of the Falcon 9 will focus on autonomous landing on Of course, I still love you drone. However, the descent of hundreds of miles off the coast of Florida is not always visible to the naked eye.

According to space forces, the launch time on Saturday is 70%.

Aerospace fans, ready to last a little longer until Monday afternoon, will be able to see another launch: a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with two solid rocket boosters will take off on Monday at 13:35. The 194-meter rocket will launch a military warning satellite into orbit from the launch complex 41 of the space forces on Cape Canaveral.

Monday’s experience time is estimated by space forces forecasters at 90% “I’m going.”

Viewers and photographers who want to follow these lifts should note that the Falcon 9 will fly northeast, while the Atlas V will fly almost directly east over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Launch on Saturday, May 15

  • Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9
  • Mission: 60 Starlink internet satellites
  • Noon: 6:54 PM ET
  • Launch window: Instantly; must start on time
  • Landing pad: 39A at the Kennedy Space Center
  • Landing: Of course, I still love you drone
  • Weather: 70% “I’m going”

Visit at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, for a live broadcast.

Launch on Monday, May 17

  • Rocket: Atlas of the United Starting Alliance V
  • Configuration: 421 (4-meter fairing, two solid rocket amplifiers, one engine of the upper stage)
  • Mission: SBIRS GEO Flight 5 satellite for military communication
  • Noon: 1:35 PM ET
  • Starting complex: 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
  • Weather: 90% “I’m going”

Visit at 12 noon on Monday, May 17, for a live broadcast.

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