SpaceX is continuing to launch their Starlink satellite internet constellation with the third operational launch, scheduled to take place on Monday. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 9:49 AM EST (14:49 UTC), the middle of a ten minute window.
The United States Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 50% chance of acceptable weather for launch. A backup launch opportunity is available on Tuesday, January 28, with an improved 70% chance of acceptable weather.
These probabilities do not include estimates of upper level wind shear or speed criteria, which vary from mission to mission. The forecast predicts upper level wind speeds of up to 135 knots on Monday, decreasing to 85 knots on Tuesday.
The Starlink v1.0 L3 mission will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It will be the second orbital SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of 2020, and the third total launch, after the suborbital Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort test earlier this month.
B1051 launches the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission on March 2, 2019 – via Brady Kenniston for NSF/L2
The first stage of the Falcon 9 is core B1051, making its third flight. The ...