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SpaceX targets Florida launch of Starlink satellites late

SpaceX targets Florida launch of Starlink satellites late

Catch live updates of SpaceX’s targets at 11:58 p.m. EST on Sunday, July 9 for the Falcon 9 and 22 launches. Starlink Internet Satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Tonight’s launch window is immediate, which means the 230-foot rocket must fly on time at 11:58 p.m. or be delayed no later than Monday evening. The next available opportunity opens at 8:11 PM EST on Monday, July 10th.

After takeoff and flying southeast, the first stage of the Falcon 9 booster will target an unmanned ship landing in the Atlantic Ocean. This will mark the flight’s 16th date, making it the flagship of the SpaceX fleet.

Follow the live updates below:

10:45 PM EST: After liftoff from Launch Complex 40 at 11:58 p.m. EDT, the Starlink Falcon 9 mission flying tonight will fly along a southeast trajectory. SpaceX has flown nearly 100 constellation missions and has more than 1.5 million customers to date.

10 p.m. EST: Tonight’s 11:58 p.m. EST launch will be the 16th flight of this boost, making it the largest number of Falcon 9 flights to date. If all goes according to plan, you’ll be landing on the Just Read the Instructions drone ship 8 minutes and 30 seconds after takeoff.

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9 PM EST: SpaceX teams are still counting down to the launch of the Starlink mission, known as 6-5, from Launch Complex 40. Storms have moved up the space coast in the meantime and conditions were more favorable to lift off on time at 11:58 p.m. EDT.

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6:30 PM EST: SpaceX is now targeting Last Chance in the launch window tonight at Space Force Station Cape Canaveral, 11:58 p.m. EDT. The company did not disclose details of why the missile was not available to fly during its three previous slots: 8:36 PM, 9:27 PM, and 10:17 PM EST.

If schedules hold, refueling should begin at 11:23 PM EST. Here’s the pre-release schedule:

  • T-minus 00:38:00: SpaceX launch director checks “go” for fuel load
  • 00:35:00: RP-1 (missile kerosene) starts loading
  • 00:35:00: LOX (Liquid Oxygen) first stage loading begins
  • 00:16:00: Loading of the second stage of LOX begins
  • 00:07:00: Falcon 9 starts engine cooling before launch
  • 00:01:00: The flight computer begins its final pre-launch checks
  • 00:01:00: Fuel tank pressure to flight pressure begins
  • 00:00:45: The SpaceX launch manager checks the “go” for launch
  • 00:00:03: Engine ignition sequence for engine control commands to start
  • 00:00:00: Falcon 9 takes off

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