SpaceX to launch communications satellites from Cape Canaveral


BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – SpaceX on Thursday will attempt to launch a pair of communications satellites with a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

A 67-minute launch window will open at 7:07 p.m., with a backup launch opportunity planned Friday. If the launch is delayed, SpaceX would target a 69-minute launch window that opens at 7:06 p.m. Friday.

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Weather is forecast to be more than 90% favorable at launch time, with chances reduced slightly to 90% in the event of a 24-hour delay, according to the 45th Weather Squadron.

The G-33/G-44 mission will carry its namesake to orbit, two Intelsat satellites — the Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34 — that the satellite services provider stated on its website are critical to its “C-brand clearing strategy” in the U.S., reported by SpaceNews as its mission to further quicken the rollout of 5G networks.

B1060, the booster used in Thursday’s mission, will attempt a landing on the A Shortfall of Gravitas autonomous drone ship following its 14th flight, according to Space Launch Schedule. will stream the launch live at the top of this story when coverage begins.

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