It’s launch day!
SpaceX crews at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station are on track to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a communications satellite for the Indonesian government this evening. 90 minutes before FLORIDA TODAY’s Space Team will follow live launch coverage.
Here’s everything you need to know:
- Liftoff is set for Sunday, June 18 at 6:04 PM EDT.
- Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Launch Complex 40 will host.
- The release window extends nearly three hours from 6:04 PM to 9:02 PM EDT.
- Forecasters predicted a 60% chance of weather conditions “go” at the start of the release window, increasing to 75% “go” by the close.
- The payload is the Satria-1 communications satellite for Indonesian satellite operator PSN and the Indonesian government.
- The 230-foot Falcon 9 rocket will fly eastbound over the Atlantic Ocean.
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- If it launches on time, this year will mark the Space Coast’s 30th launch.
- There is no local sonic boom on this release.
- A 130-foot first-stage booster would target the drone landing in the Atlantic Ocean eight minutes after liftoff.
- The mission includes a small no-fly zone mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration to help reduce delays for commercial flights, which began in April.
For latest information, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.
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