ORLANDO, Fla. – There are a few launches to look out — two in Florida and one up the coast in Virginia.
SpaceX targeted Saturday evening to launch another round of Starlink satellites. The company has been sending about 60 internet-beaming spacecraft into low-Earth orbit at a time. This marks the 28th dedicated launch for SpaceX’s global internet constellation as the company continues to expand internet services to more countries and cities around the world.
The Falcon 9 launch took place at 6:56 p.m. Saturday at Kennedy Space Center Launchpad 39A.
Florida won’t be the only state hosting a launch in the coming days as NASA plans to launch a small sounding rocket from Virginia but even then, the Sunshine State still benefits because the glowing gases emitted from the rocket will put on a show all down the east coast if the sky is clear.
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility has been working through some weather and now technical delays to launch the KiNET-X sounding rocket.
Following several scrubs, the agency is aiming for a final attempt Sunday at 8:04 p.m.
The launch from Wallops Island, Virginia, will be releasing vapor tracers into the atmosphere, and NASA officials say Central Florida will also have the chance to see the colorful lights created by the vapors.
To spot the glowing vapors, look east low on the horizon 90 seconds to two minutes after the rocket launches from Virginia.
Then downrange at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, United Launch Alliance is planning to launch a satellite for the U.S. Space Force.
The Atlas V liftoff is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. Monday from Space Launch Complex 41.
Inside the rocket’s nosecone will be a spacecraft known as SBIRS GEO Flight 5, a missile detection and early warning satellite.
Forecasters with the Space Launch Delta 45th Weather Squadron are predicting a 90% chance of favorable weather for liftoff.
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