CAP CANAVERAL, Florida – SpaceX is targeting its next Falcon 9 launch from Florida no earlier than this week, a rare polar mission that will see the rocket rotate south and hug the state’s east coast, according to News 6 partner Florida today.
The company confirmed on Friday that the teams were targeting no earlier than 2:56 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, for the flight of the 230-foot rocket from the Cape Canaveral space station. The mission named Transporter-2 was initially scheduled to take off from Launch Complex 40 on Friday, June 25.
“This mission will launch 88 spaceships into orbit and more customer mass than the previous SpaceX carpool mission,” SpaceX said on Friday.
SpaceX’s Transporter missions allow multiple organizations, ranging from military research to scientific research, to split launch costs by flying smaller payloads alongside dozens of others. One of the tradeoffs is that all spacecraft must follow a similar flight path.
In January, SpaceX’s first carpooling mission took a record 143 payloads on an almost straight north-south polar trajectory, also known as a sun-synchronous orbit. Tuesday’s launch will follow a similar process.
Most missions launched from the Cape Canaveral Space Station or the Kennedy Space Center fly northeast or in some cases straight east over the Atlantic. Rockets do not fly west over populated areas.
The difference between yesterday and today, however, is the booster recovery method: approximately eight minutes after take-off, the 162-foot first stage of the rocket will return to Cape Landing Zone 1 for a ground landing. . Spectators and residents alike should be prepared for the loud sonic booms that will be generated when Falcon 9 slows beyond the sound barrier threshold.
On the weather front, the Space Force is expected to release new forecasts on Saturday. The local meteorological squadron estimates for next week show a high chance of overcast weather and 40% chance of rain in the afternoon.
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