Weather looks OK for next SpaceX Starlink launch from Cape Canaveral

SpaceX launches ninth Starlink mission from Cape Canaveral

The weather forecast appears to be trending slightly toward favorable conditions for the Space Coast’s next launch from Kennedy Space Center.

If schedules hold, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will likely encounter 60% “go” conditions for its 5:22 p.m. Tuesday liftoff from pad 39A, the Space Force’s 45th Weather Squadron said Saturday. The 230-foot rocket will carry about 60 Starlink satellites for the company’s tenth internet constellation mission.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday but should move mostly inland just before the launch time. 

“But westerly winds in the mid and upper levels will cause some of them and their associated anvils to move back towards the east coast,” forecasters said, noting that their primary concerns are large cumulus clouds, anvil clouds, and the possibility of lightning.

Along with just under 60 Starlink satellites, Falcon 9 will also take two spacecraft for BlackSky, a Seattle-based Earth imaging company. If successful, the Starlink constellation will grow to almost 600 low-Earth orbit spacecraft, continuing SpaceX’s march toward delivering high-speed internet from space.As the story unfolds, start here.Don’t miss your chance for unlimited digital access to exclusive content.99¢ per month. Save 90%.

After liftoff, the 162-foot first stage is expected to land on a drone ship hundreds of miles off the east coast of Florida before returning to Port Canaveral a couple days later.