WATCH LIVE: SpaceX to launch Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center
ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 49 Starlink satellites into orbit Thursday afternoon. The launch from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A is scheduled for 1:13 p.m.You can click here to stream the launch live. Read: WATCH: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Space Coast following several delaysA backup opportunity is available at 12:51 p.m. Friday, SpaceX said. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land the rocket’s first stage on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship at sea. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Launch brings families together to cheer for astronauts
For many people, Sunday’s launch really was a family affair, as it brought out people to watch from all over. The view was pretty cool to see for 10-year-old Lyndon Saylor and his brother Walter, who were visiting from Newberry. Their family drove from North Florida on Sunday and said the drive was all worth it. “I think it’s always great.”They were like many families who came to Brevard County from all over to get their best view of the manned launch. For Evie Barnes, in town from Pittsburgh, Sunday’s launch was inspiring.
UPDATE: ULA scrubs launch of national security payload
*** ORIGINAL***After four scrubs, will Wednesday’s attempt be the one to successfully launch a national security payload on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy? “However, the earlier lighting hold ate up so much of the launch window that we will not be able to continue towards a launch tonight.”ULA plans to try again Wednesday at 11:54 p.m. Forecasters with the Space Force are giving the launch window a 70% chance of favorable weather. It’s possible SpaceX could launch 60 Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday at 9:17 a.m. SpaceX said in a tweet the company is targeting after 9:43 p.m. during a two-hour launch window.
UPDATE: ULA launch scrubbed after weather delayed prelaunch preparations
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – ***11:33 p.m. 9/29/2020 Update***The launch of the United Launch Alliance Rocket has been scrubbed after the weather in Central Florida resulted in a delay to relaunch preparations, according to ULA. Launch officials said a hydraulic leak in the ground system required crews to move the tower and it needed further evaluation. The weather prevented the team from moving forward with the attempt on Tuesday, according to ULA. When it does launch, it will mark the 13th round of Starlink satellites for SpaceX’s constellation. Space Force Weather forecasters are predicting a 40% chance of favorable launch weather for the heavy lift rocket.
SpaceX Starlink launch scrubbed Monday
SpaceX Starlink launch scrubbed MondayPublished: September 28, 2020, 3:00 pmSpaceX’s first launch of the week was scrubbed Monday due to cloudy weather but the company still has another mission ready to liftoff on Tuesday, meanwhile, downrange, there is a United Launch Alliance rocket waiting for liftoff just after midnight Tuesday following another technical delay.
ULA finds cause of dramatic Delta IV Heavy launch scrub; targeting new date
United Launch Alliance teams have determined the cause behind a Delta IV Heavy rocket’s dramatic, last-second abort late last month, setting the stage for another attempt no earlier than next week, News 6 partner Florida Today reports. We will replace or rebuild as needed, re-test, and then resume towards launch.”He said teams are currently targeting no earlier than Friday, Sept. 18, for the next pre-dawn attempt. If the timeline holds, it will actually mark Delta IV Heavy’s third attempt to launch a secretive intelligence-gathering satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office known as NROL-44. The first launch on Aug. 27 was scrubbed due to a pneumatics issue in ground support equipment. Elsewhere on the Eastern Range, SpaceX is tentatively targeting about 12 hours before Delta IV Heavy – so next Thursday afternoon – for its next mission from Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A.
SpaceX Starlink launch from Cape Canaveral moved to Saturday morning
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Update, Thursday: SpaceX is now targeting 5:21 a.m. Saturday, June 13, for this launch. Weather conditions around Cape Canaveral Air Force Station should be favorable for this week’s launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with yet another batch of Starlink internet satellites, the Space Force said Tuesday, News 6 partner Florida Today reports. At least one more Starlink launch is planned for late June, followed by several this summer. Launch SaturdayRocket: SpaceX Falcon 9Mission: 60 Starlink satellitesLaunch Time: 5:21 a.m. Launch Complex: 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force StationLanding: Drone shipNews 6 partner Florida Today reported on this story
Ask Trooper Steve: can you park on a highway to watch historic SapceX launch?
News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated. News 6 viewers asked Trooper Steve if there was there anything illegal about people stopping on the side of the highway. READ MORE: ASK TROOPER STEVE | WHAT THE HONKHere is what Trooper Steve had to say:Parking or stopping along any limited access highway like SR-528 or I-95 is considered illegal unless its an emergency. This is a parking area, however, during SpaceXs initial launch attempt there was an excessive amount of vehicles in the area. If you plan on looking for a place to watch the launch remember you dont need to fight the traffic when you have us.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex reopens days ahead of historic launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex reopened on Thursday after closing more than two months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex"It's a little hot, but we're fine and I appreciate everybody being really careful so that we can come and still learn things," visitor Holly Macmillan said. With limited offerings, the visitor complex has reduced ticket prices to $30, which also includes a complimentary ticket to return in 2021. Rocket launch viewing inside Kennedy Space Center remains closed, but guests will be allowed to watch a launch from inside the visitor complex. [MORE: Calm under pressure: 2 NASA astronauts prepare to return glory of human spaceflight to America | Heres how the weather could impact the historic astronaut launch]
Here’s what SpaceX astronauts listened to on their way to the launch pad
Veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are the lone passengers who will be on board the Crew Dragon spacecraft. You don’t have to be a NASA aficionado to know that this launch from NASA’s KSC will be history-making. For starters, this is the first time astronauts will be launched into space from American soil since 2011. Behnken and Hurly created their own playlist for their 3-mile ride out to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A and it consisted of three well-known songs. pic.twitter.com/YHQ2kUFYST — NASA (@NASA) May 27, 2020AC/DC - Back In BlackThis song is more than fitting considering Hurley and Benken are veteran astronauts.
SpaceX targeting Monday morning for launch from Cape Canaveral
SpaceX targeting Monday morning for launch from Cape CanaveralPublished: February 17, 2020, 8:28 amSpaceX is now targeting Monday to launch another round of internet-beaming satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40.
SpaceX launches rocket carrying 60 Starlink satellites
SpaceX launches rocket carrying 60 Starlink satellitesPublished: January 29, 2020, 9:26 amSpaceX on Wednesday launched another round of internet satellites. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 9:07 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40.
SpaceX to send more Starlink satellites into space -- but when?
"Static fire of Falcon 9 complete ahead of launching 60 Starlink satellites," SpaceX said via Twitter after the routine 2 p.m. test at Launch Complex 40. "Due to extreme weather in the recovery area, team is evaluating best launch opportunity." If winds and seas are too rough in the area, SpaceX usually waits to find a better opportunity. Static fire of Falcon 9 complete ahead of launching 60 Starlink satellites. Due to extreme weather in the recovery area, team is evaluating best launch opportunity — SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 20, 2020Packed into the rocket's payload fairing, or nose cone, are 60 Starlink satellites designed to beam internet connectivity down to the ground.