SpaceX on Friday night is targeting a Starlink satellite launch from the Cape

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Editor’s note: SpaceX is now targeting 9:56 PM EST on Friday for liftoff after four delays.

Original story: Navigational warnings indicate that another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will lift off Friday evening and climb along a northeasterly trajectory, enhancing visibility for viewers extending north to Daytona Beach and Jacksonville.

The Starlink 10-1 launch window will open from 6:58 p.m. to 11:26 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, the National Geographic-Intelligence Agency’s navigation warning shows.

In tandem, a Coast Guard navigational warning depicts the missile’s planned northeastern trajectory, a notable difference from months of Starlink’s southeastern missions from the Cape.

SpaceX began this northward trend with its launch Tuesday night. This mission sent up 20 Starlink satellites, including 13 with direct-to-cell capabilities.

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The launch scheduled for Friday will follow two internationally important space missions.

On Wednesday morning, NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Sonny Williams soared into orbit aboard Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft on its first-ever crewed mission from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Then Thursday morning, SpaceX was scheduled to launch its massive Starship rocket on its fourth test flight from Boca Chica, Texas.

“Starship’s third flight test made huge strides toward a future of rapidly reusable and reliable rockets. The test completed many exciting firsts, including the first return of a Starship from space, the first opening and closing of a Starship payload door in space, and the transfer of Successful propellant. “This latest test has provided valuable data for final ship-to-ship transfers of fuel that will enable missions such as returning astronauts to the Moon under NASA’s Artemis program,” SpaceX’s website said.

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“The fourth flight test shifts our focus from reaching orbit to demonstrating the ability to return and reuse Starship and Super Heavy. The primary objectives will be to perform a landing and soft landing in the Gulf of Mexico using the Super Heavy booster, achieving the goal of controlled entry of the Starship vehicle,” the website said. “.

For the latest news and launch schedule from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, visit floridatoday.com/space.

Rick Neil He is Florida Today’s space correspondent. Contact Neal on [email protected]. Twitter/X: @Rick Neal1

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