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SpaceX teams at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station are targeting Saturday evening, September 24, between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT for the launch of another batch of Starlink internet satellites.
A 230-foot Falcon 9 rocket is slated for liftoff from Launch Complex 40. It will mark the 62nd dedicated launch for the internet constellation and Florida's 41st launch of the year.
The weather for a weekend launch attempt, according to the Space Force, looks mostly decent. Space Force forecasters on Friday predicted an 80% chance of favorable conditions during Saturday's launch window.
Much of the forecast depends on the movement of Hurricane Fiona in the Atlantic Ocean and a trailing band of high pressure that has some wind associated with it.
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"The primary weather concerns for a Saturday evening launch attempt are the Cumulus Cloud Rule and liftoff winds associated with the frontal band," forecasters said Friday.
For a backup opportunity on Sunday, the outlook decreases slightly to a 70% chance of favorable liftoff conditions, "although the winds will be weaker, this will keep Cumulus Cloud Rule as a concern with the addition of the Disturbed Weather Rule in the event the band makes it completely over the Spaceport," forecasters said.
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Jamie Groh is a space reporter for Florida Today. You can contact her at JGroh@floridatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AlteredJamie.
September 24: SpaceX Starlink Launch
Company: Internal SpaceX mission
Rocket: Falcon 9
Location: Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
Launch Time: Between 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. EDT
Weather: 80% "go"
Landing: drone ship
Landing Weather: Low Risk
Live coverage: Starts 60 minutes before liftoff at floridatoday.com/space
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