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Live updates from the Starlink Falcon 9 launch at the Cape

Live updates from the Starlink Falcon 9 launch at the Cape

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It's launch day — for the evening rush-hour liftoff from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Welcome to FLORIDA TODAY's Space Team's live coverage of the SpaceX Starlink 6-51 mission tonight. SpaceX is targeting 5:26 PM EST to launch its Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A.

Falcon 9 will deploy another payload of 23 Starlink Internet satellites, which are positioned inside the fascia atop the 230-foot rocket, into low Earth orbit.

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No sonic booms are expected in Central Florida. After soaring toward the sky along a southeast trajectory, the rocket's first stage booster will aim to land on a drone ship at sea 8 and a half minutes after liftoff.

When SpaceX's live webcast hosted on X (formerly Twitter) becomes available approximately five minutes before liftoff, it will be posted below the countdown clock.

Update 4:40 p.m.: Here's a summary of SpaceX's upcoming behind-the-scenes countdown timeline. T minus:

  • 38 minutes: SpaceX's launch director checks the “launch” of propellant loading.
  • 35 minutes: The loading of rocket kerosene and the first stage of liquid oxygen begins.
  • 16 minutes: The second stage of liquid oxygen loading begins.
  • 7 minutes: The Falcon 9 begins engine cooling before launch.
  • 1 minute: The flight command computer begins final pre-launch checks; The fuel tank pressure starts until it reaches cruising pressure.
  • 45 seconds: SpaceX's launch director checks the “go” for the launch.
  • 3 seconds: The engine control module controls the start of the engine ignition sequence.
  • 0 seconds: Leaves.
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Update 4:25 p.m.: As a reminder, FAA and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency navigational warnings indicate that the missile launch window will open Thursday evening. More details:

  • a task: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch another batch of Starlink internet satellites.
  • Launch window: 6:40 PM to 11:11 PM
  • location: Launch of Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
  • a path: southeast.
  • Local sonic boom: no.
  • Booster landing: Drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Live coverage: Starts 90 minutes before takeoff at floridatoday.com/space.

Update 4:10 p.m.: The Space Force's 45th Weather Squadron forecast 90% “launch” weather conditions at Cape Canaveral in preparation for SpaceX's liftoff today. Thick cloud layers pose the primary meteorological hazard.

“A line of surface high pressure extending from the mid-Atlantic to the Florida peninsula will remain largely in place over the next few days as a series of systems pass well to the north,” the squadron forecast said.

“Although moisture in the lower atmosphere will be limited and shallow, upper-level variable clouds are expected to extend over a ridge centered across the Gulf of Mexico and make their way into Florida,” the forecast said.

For the latest news and launch schedule from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and KSC, visit floridatoday.com/space.

Rick Neil He is Florida Today's space correspondent (for more of his stories, click here.) Call Neil on [email protected]. Twitter/X: @Rick Neal1

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