SpaceX Falcon 9 Poised for Starlink 1 Evening Launch May 15: Watch Live/Pad Photos

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket raised vertical and poised for liftoff
at Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL on Starlink-1
mission targeted for launch May 15, 2019 at 10:30 p.m. EDT.  Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
Ken
Kremer —
SpaceUpClose.com &
RocketSTEM
– 15 May 2019


CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL –  SpaceX is now targeting Wednesday
evening May 15 for launch of the first batch of 60 Starlink broadband internet satellites
to LEO on a recycled, twice flown Falcon 9 rocket. 



SpaceX
also manufactured the Starlink satellites which seeks to revolutionize the
marketplace by cutting internet connectivity costs and broadening coverage as
well.  



Liftoff
of the Starlink 1 mission is targeted for 10:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, May 15
(0230 GMT Thursday)
from Space Launch
Complex-40 (SLC-40) on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.



The 90-minute
launch window extends to midnight 12 a.m. and the weather looks promising at
80% favorable.  



Enjoy
our photos from UpClose at pad 40 this afternoon. 

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket raised vertical and poised for liftoff
at Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL on Starlink-1
mission targeted for launch May 15, 2019 at 10:30 p.m. EDT.  Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The launch window opens
at 10:30 p.m. EDT on May 15, or 2:30 UTC on May 16, and closes at 12:00 a.m. on
May 16, or 4:00 UTC. A backup launch window opens on Thursday, May 16 at 10:30
p.m. EDT, or 2:30 UTC on May 17, and closes at 12:00 a.m. on May 17, or 4:00
UTC. 



Falcon 9’s first stage
for this mission previously supported the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in
September 2018 and the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019. 



Starlink is a
next-generation satellite network capable of connecting the globe, especially
reaching those who are not yet connected, with reliable and affordable
broadband internet services,” says SpaceX.

1st 60 SpaceX Starlink satellites loaded inside payload
fairing for launch on Falcon 9 rocket on Starlink-1 mission targeted for launch
May 15, 2019 at 10:30 p.m. EDT.  Credit: SpaceX
Overall
the Starlink constellation of low earth orbiting broadband satellites will
number in the thousands. 



You can watch the launch on a SpaceX dedicated
webcast that starts about 15 minutes
prior to the opening of the nominal
launch window:



www.spacex.com/webcast


Currently the weather outlook for Wednesday evening
is rather favorable –
currently forecast as 80% GO !!



Watch for Ken’s continuing
onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman
and more space and mission reports direct from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.



Stay tuned here for Ken’s continuing Earth and
Planetary science and human spaceflight news: www.kenkremer.com –www.spaceupclose.com – twitter @ken_kremer
– email: ken at kenkremer.com



Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the
KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about
space topics.

………….
Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events
Ken’s upcoming outreach events:


May 15-16: Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center, Titusville,
FL, evenings.  Learn more about the upcoming
/recent NASA
2024 Moon landing goal, SpaceX Starlink-1,
SpaceX Falcon 9/CRS-17 launch to ISS, Falcon Heavy, SpaceX Demo-1
launch/test failure, SpaceX Beresheet
launch, NASA missions, ULA Atlas & Delta launches, Northrop Grumman Antares,
SpySats and more

Ken Kremer

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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