SpaceX Poised for Starlink 6-22 Mission Launch
SpaceX is gearing up for another launch attempt after the previous try was called off due to upper-level winds. Scheduled for today at 8:42 p.m. EDT, the Starlink 6-22 mission launch window will remain open until 12:10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, providing five backup opportunities. According to the 45th Weather Squadron forecast by the Space Force, there is a 95% chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch.
All eyes will be on the Falcon 9 rocket as it carries 22 Starlink internet satellites and its first stage booster on its 14th flight. The booster will try to land on a drone ship, showcasing SpaceX’s reusable technology once again. The launch is set to take place from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Launch Complex 40.
Unlike previous missions, no local sonic booms are expected during this launch. This development comes as a relief for residents in the vicinity, who are accustomed to the ground-shaking sonic booms caused by rocket reentries. This will be the 55th launch from the Space Coast this year, marking a significant achievement for SpaceX and the industry as a whole.
In addition to the Starlink mission, SpaceX teams are actively preparing for another groundbreaking launch later this week. On Thursday, they will send NASA’s Psyche spacecraft on a nearly six-year journey aboard a triple-core Falcon Heavy rocket. The spacecraft’s mission is to study a metallic asteroid, opening up possibilities for crucial advancements in space exploration.
Furthermore, SpaceX’s future Starlink missions are on the horizon, with launches expected from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. However, specific dates for these missions have not been announced yet.
As SpaceX continues to innovate and push the boundaries of space travel, the world awaits these upcoming missions with great anticipation. The successful execution of these launches will not only further cement SpaceX’s dominance in the industry but also pave the way for a new era of space exploration and global connectivity.
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