The weather looks good for SpaceX’s next rocket launch in Florida
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Space Force forecasters predict solidly favorable weather for SpaceX’s next launch on Tuesday, a mission that should boost another batch of Starlink internet satellites.
Forecasters say conditions at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station are expected to be 80% “one way” for a Falcon 9 rocket launch window that runs from 8:56 a.m. to 10:57 a.m. EST. Some cloud, however, may persist around Launch Complex 40 through Tuesday.
“A collision with a sea breeze from Monday evening through early Tuesday morning will cause downpours to move east over central Florida, and these downpours have the potential to linger into the launch window,” said Space Launch Delta 45 forecasters. said sunday. “The primary weather concern for Tuesday’s launch attempt is the cumulus rule.”
Conditions downriver in the Atlantic Ocean, meanwhile, could pose a “moderate” risk to a SpaceX drone slated to host the rocket’s landing. He is expected to return to Port Canaveral before the end of the week.
Tuesday’s launch will mark the 41st mission for Starlink, SpaceX’s network of low Earth orbit satellites that beam internet connectivity down to the ground. To date, the company has launched more than 2,000 satellites and terminals deployed for remote users, disaster areas and even Ukrainian officials fight the Russian invasion.
It will also be the 11th launch of the year for the Space Coast, which is keeping pace in line with a flight once a week or more.
For the latest, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.
Launch Tuesday, March 8
- Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9
- Mission: 41st dedicated Starlink launch
- Launch Window: 8:56 a.m. to 10:57 a.m. EST
- Launch Complex: 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
- Trajectory: Southeast
- Landing: drone ship
- Weather: 80% “go”
To visit floridatoday.com/space at 7:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, March 8, for real-time updates and live video.