Weather delays SpaceX launch again, now targets Thursday for what will be 40 for the Space Coast in 2022 – Orlando Sentinel

Another SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch from the Space Coast, and is now pushed for a second time due to weather until Thursday which will see 40 launches in 2022 and more than 50 just last year.

The growing number is maintaining a faster pace than not quite a week during the 37 weeks this year from both the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. This includes 32 previous SpaceX launches, five from United Launch Alliance Atlas V and two Astra Space rockets.

Unfavorable weather has canceled plans to take off on Tuesday and Wednesday from Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40, and SpaceX is now targeting a Thursday window at 9:27 p.m. 54 this time.

If launched, the sixth-flying booster first stage will attempt to land for the sixth time on the drone, just read the instructions in the Atlantic.

SpaceX just sent 34 of its Starlinks and an AST SpaceMobile satellite late Saturday from KSC and planned on this batch to fly on Sunday for a busy weekend, but the attempt has been pushed back to today.

After this successful launch, the commander of the SLD 45 captured the brig. General Stephen Purdy, who took office in late 2020, congratulated the Space Force and Air Force personnel who supported the mission.

“New leadership often brings new ideas, but the perspective and ambition last for generations,” General Purdy wrote on Facebook. In 2017, Space Launch Delta 45, then known as the 45th Space Wing, launched the “Drive to 48” engine. The goal was to support 48 launches within 12 months on the eastern run. In 2018, Space Launch Delta 45 supported 24 launches and now, only four years later, we have not only achieved that goal, but also exceeded it.”

Purdy noted that Saturday’s launch was the fiftieth in 12 months and dates back to September 2021.

He said, “Commanding 48 is now in the rearview mirror, as we look forward to greater things and more launches from Space Coast.” We will continue to lead the way for guaranteed access to space for the nation and the fighter. Thank you Airmen and Guardians of SLD 45. Another milestone verified thanks to your hard work!”

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Two launch sites on the Space Coast saw 37 launches in 2021, which was equivalent to the end of August. Before the end of the year, the space coast could see two more new rocket launches with the first-ever liftoff from Relativity Space’s 3D-printed Terran I rocket as well as NASA’s massive Space Launch System rocket that sends the Orion spacecraft to the moon. If the two rockets took off, the Space Coast would have used six launchers – each in the KSC and four in the CCSFS. Blue Origin may join the fray with its New Glenn missile from another CCSFS launcher in 2023.

Also before the end of the year, there are two KSC manned missions aboard SpaceX Crew Dragons – the Crew-5 launch to send astronauts to the International Space Station scheduled for launch on October 3 and the civilian Polaris Dawn mission on TAP for December led by billionaire Jared Eisekman who led and funded the Inspiration 4 flight. last year.

For SpaceX, which also uses the Vandenberg Space Force station in California, tonight’s launch will be the 42nd Falcon 9 launch of the year.

For Starlink, it will be its 63rd flight including only 28 this year since its first operational deployment in 2019, with more than 3,300 satellites put into orbit, according to Statistics tracked by astronomer Jonathan McDowell.

The growing constellation is about to reach its target of 4,408 with about 20-25 more launches depending on the number of active launches in orbit, although it is looking for FCC approval to reach around 30,000 with future launches aboard at – Spacecraft rocket works.

SpaceX, which has already surpassed the then-record 31 launches in 2021 in July, is on track to reach as many as 60 launches before the end of 2022.

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