SpaceX prepares for Starlink launch ahead of Tropical Storm Ian

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CAPE CANAVERAL — SpaceX is getting ready for a Saturday night launch of more than 50 Starlink satellites, days ahead of Tropical Storm Ian that forced NASA to scrub its Artemis I launch.


What You Need To Know

  • The launch begins at 7:32 p.m. EDT
  • SpaceX will send 52 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit
  • Scroll down to watch the launch

The company’s Falcon 9 rocket is sitting at Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, ready to send 52 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit.

The instantaneous launch window opens at 7:32 p.m. EDT. If something postpones the launch, like the bad weather that prevented the last Starlink launch five times, the next chance will be Sunday, Sept. 25, at 7:10 p.m. EDT.

The 45th Weather Squadron is giving an 80% chance of good launch weather.

The SpaceX launch is expected to happen days before Tropical Storm Ian is expected to visit Florida. On Saturday, the storm forced NASA to scrub its uncrewed Artemis I launch on Tuesday.

First-stage booster B1073 has launched two other Starlink missions and the SES-22.

After the stage separation, the first stage of the rocket is expected to land on the droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas that is stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

About the mission

The Starlink satellites provide internet access to most parts of the planet, stated the company that is operated by SpaceX.

Before Saturday night’s launch, astronomer Dr. Jonathan McDowell, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, recorded the following: 3,075 Starlink satellites are in orbit, with 3,029 that are working and 2,499 that are operational.

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