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Update: SpaceX successfully launched this mission at 7:32 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 24, and landed on the Just Read the Instructions drone ship a few minutes later.
Follow live as SpaceX targets 7:32 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 24, for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with 52 Starlink internet satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
The 230-foot rocket flying from pad 40 has an instantaneous window, meaning it must launch on time or delay to another day.
Tonight’s Falcon 9 flight marks the 62nd for the internet constellation and Florida’s 41st launch of the year. After liftoff, the Falcon 9 booster will target a landing on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
A backup opportunity is available Sunday evening should it be needed.
Updates from the real-time event below:
7:41 p.m. EDT: About nine minutes after liftoff the first stage booster of the Falcon 9 has made a landing on the drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Carolina. Deployment of the Starlink stack of satellites should be coming up in about four minutes.
7:32 p.m. EDT: SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 Starlink mission on time at 7:32 p.m. EDT from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
7:26 p.m. EDT: Now inside five minutes to SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 launch attempt from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station with 52 Starlink internet satellites. Liftoff is set for 7:32 p.m. EDT. The weather looks favorable for a liftoff attempt this evening. No hardware issues either.
6:56 p.m. EDT: SpaceX is now flowing propellants – supercooled liquid oxygen and kerosene – into both stages of the 230-foot rocket ahead of a 7:32 p.m. EDT liftoff attempt from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
6:30 p.m. EDT: SpaceX is counting down to a Falcon 9 Starlink liftoff this evening from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The weather looks favorable. The 45th Weather Squadron yesterday predicted an 80% chance of favorable liftoff conditions for this evening.
For the latest, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.
Jamie Groh is a space reporter for Florida Today. You can contact her at JGroh@floridatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AlteredJamie.