SpaceX Set to Try Again with Next Starlink Falcon 9 Launch July 8: Watch Live/Photos

SpaceX Falcon 9 for 10th Starlink comsat launch stands vertical at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for launch targeted for July 8, 2020. Credit: Jean Wright/spaceupclose.com

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/TITUSVILLE, FL –  SpaceX is set to try again to for the next launch of their Starlink broadband internet satellite constellation tomorrow at Noon, July 8, after engineers decided to scrub the launch a week and a half ago with  less than 3 hours before the planned liftoff June 26, of the veteran 5x recycled Falcon 9.

At the time 12 days ago SpaceX said they needed more time in order to conduct further pre-checks at the pad.

“Standing down from today’s Starlink mission; team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts, but Falcon 9 and the satellites are healthy. Will announce new target launch date once confirmed on the Range,” SpaceX tweeted June 26

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1276575800687382528

The Falcon 9 rocket was raised again this morning, Tuesday, July 7.

Liftoff is now rescheduled for 11:59:11 a.m. EDT (1559:11 GMT) Wednesday, July 8 from seaside Launch Complex-39A (LC-39A) on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL.

“Falcon 9 is vertical on LC-39A ahead of our tenth Starlink mission, targeted for tomorrow at 11:59 a.m. EDT. Vehicle and payload look good; weather is 60% favorable,” SpaceX tweeted.

 

Enjoy our photos of the Falcon 9 on pad 39A taken by the Space UpClose team of Jean Wright and Ken Kremer.

SpaceX Falcon 9 for 10th Starlink comsat launch stands vertical at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for launch targeted for July 8, 2020. Credit: Jean Wright/spaceupclose.com

As a result of the scrub SpaceX opted to swap out launches and decided to launch the GPS III SV03 navigation satellite for the U.S. Space Force first and Starlink 10 next.

Rare view of 2 SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets raised vertical on 2 pads 39A and 40 – fully integrated Starlink rocket at left pad39A and booster minus GPSIII payload for USSF to right of giant LOX tank pad 40 . Both static fired successfully about 16 hours apart on June 24 & 25. Launches targeting June 26 & 30. Starlink retargeted to July 8. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

You can watch the launch live via SpaceX webcast:  spacex.com/launches

Live launch coverage will begin about 15 minutes before liftoff.

SpaceX Falcon 9 for 10th Starlink comsat launch stands vertical at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for launch targeted for July 8, 2020. Credit: Jean Wright/spaceupclose.com

See our articles and photos about the successful GPS III SV03 on June 30. As well as the booster landing and return to Port Canaveral.

Boosters and Bathers reflect in Atlantic Ocean waters as recovered/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 1st stage B1060.1 towed past Jetty Park pier at 830 AM ET arrives back at Port Canaveral on a glorious 4th of July Saturday morning. From GPS III Space Vehicle 03 navigation satellite launch June 30, 2020. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The weather outlook currently shows a 60% chance of acceptable conditions at launch time.

The primary concerns are the Cumulus Cloud Rule and the Surface Electric Field rule.

Media remote camera setup was delayed by the ominous weather and torrential rains occurring all week.

Horrendous weather with black shelf clouds, torrential rain and numerous lightning strikes over Kennedy Space Center and Port Canaveral and SpaceX Falcon 9 recovered booster on July 7, 2020. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

In case of a delay another launch opportunity is available 48 hours later on Friday, July 10 with a slightly more favorable weather forecast at 70% acceptable.

If all goes well the Starlink constellation will increase to about 600 satellites total.

The payload is comprised of the tenth batch of Starlink satellites.

The mission designated Starlink 9 is comprised of 57 Starlink satellites as well as a pair of Earth observation satellites for Seattle-based BlackSky Global for what counts as SpaceX’s second rideshare mission

“We are ready for the launch of our @spacex SXRS-1 mission! We’ll be taking @BlackSky_Inc to orbit! Launch targeted for tomorrow. Follow us for more details on livestream,” BlackSky   Inc tweeted.

https://twitter.com/SpaceflightInc/status/1280600401360846848

This Falcon 9 first stage B1051.5 will be flying for the fifth time.

It previously flew on an unpiloted test flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center in March 2019, from California in June 2019 with three  Canadian RADARSAT radar observation satellites as well as two Starlink missions – the 4th and the 7th – earlier this year.

Prelaunch preparations for the next SpaceX  Starlink mission began last week marked by the departure of the “Of Course I Still Love You” (OCISLY) droneship on July 4 – just prior to the arrival of the JRTI droneship.

OCISLY droneship towed out of Port Canaveral, FL on July 4, 2020 for tenth Starlink mission. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

OCISLY was towed away from her berthing spot at North Cargo Pier 6 by tug Finn Falgout for the second time as I watched from Jetty Pork Beach. When it departed for the first time I watched from across the south pier.

Droneship OCISLY is waiting at its stationing position some 400 mi (640 km) north east of KSC off the coast of the Carolina’s

Enjoy our Space UpClose eyewitness photos of the OCISLY droneship departures.

OCISLY droneship departs Port Canaveral towed by tug Finn Falgout under beautiful twilight skies at 7:15 p.m. June 19, 2020 ahead of next SpaceX Starlink launch targeted for June 23 and 1st stage landing. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

SpaceX also dispatched their two special fairing boats GO MS TREE and GO MS CHIEF to retrieve the payload fairing halves.

SpaceX payload fairing recovery ships return to Port Canaveral, FL, June 14, 2020 carrying both fairing halves on deck of GO MS TREE and GO MS CHIEF. The fairings were covered by big blue tarps so their condition is unknown. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Normally they feature giant nets akin to a catchers mitt and deploy them downrange to catch the two payload fairing halves. They departed minus the ships rigged with the nets – indicating the crew may only attempt to scoop the fairing out of the Atlantic Ocean post splashdown.

The two stage Falcon 9 rocket stands 229 feet (70 meters) tall.

 

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made rocket recycling a top priority in order to slash launch costs.

Musk says that the fairings cost approximately $6 million or roughly 10% of the approximate cost of $60 million for a new Falcon 9 rocket.

Watch my commentary about the SpaceX Starlink launch at WFTV ABC 9 Orlando TV News on Jun 25

https://www.wftv.com/news/local/brevard-county/spacex-launch-another-round-starlink-satellites-friday/4WKS5J4QDBA7TJ2E4SPI5UJQRI/

Dr Ken Kremer of Space UpClose commentary on WFTV ABC 9 about SpaceX Starlink launch

Watch my live Starlink launch and post ULA Atlas V WDR  interview about Mars 2020 rover and more  at the American Space Museum ‘Stay Curious’ daily weekday show on June 22, 2020

 

 

Space Journalist Dr. Ken Kremer joins "Stay Curious"

Update on Artemis to the Moon with space journalist/photographer Dr. Ken Kremer to help you "Stay Curious."

Posted by American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame on Monday, June 22, 2020

Watch Ken’s continuing reports about Commercial Crew and Artemis and onsite for live reporting of upcoming and recent SpaceX and ULA launches including Demo-2, Starlink, X-37B, Solar Orbiter, Mars 2020 and more at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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

Ken’s upcoming outreach events:

Jul 7,13 7 PM: Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, FL. “SpaceX GPS, Starlink and Demo-2 and NASA/ ULA Atlas V Mars 2020 rover and more launches.” Free. In hotel lobby. Photos for sale

 

SpaceX conducts successful static fire test of Falcon 9 first stage engines at 6:30 p.m. EDT on June 24 with exhaust spewing out from the flame trench at Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for 10th Starlink mission targeted for launch June 26, 2020 at 4:18 a.m. ET – as seen from the Indian River, Titusville. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
Ken Kremer

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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