SpaceX has finally launched a German TV satellite from Cape Canaveral

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Launch summary: Scroll down for live coverage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s liftoff on Thursday, June 20, from Space Launch Complex 40.

After another rub on Wednesday afternoon, SpaceX successfully launched the Astra 1P/SES-24 satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral. It comes after the Space Coast experienced 13 days without a launch – a rarity recently.

If the weather was still not cooperating with SpaceX’s launch plans, another launch window was available on Friday during the same time. As of Wednesday afternoon, the 45th Weather Squadron predicted there was only a 40% chance of favorable weather, yet SpaceX was able to weather the weather approaching the coast.

Next up – SpaceX’s long-awaited Starlink 10-2 mission on Sunday, June 23, from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40.

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This communications mission jumped forward on SpaceX’s calendar after the company was forced to stand down from its Starlink 10-2 mission, which experienced back-to-back weather fluctuations followed by a pre-liftoff abort last Friday. With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES U satellite headed to SpaceX’s other pad, Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A, SpaceX can only use Space Launch Complex 40 and thus chose to move the troubled Falcon 9 rocket aside.

The Astra 1P/SES-24 payload is a communications satellite of the SES and Astra partnership, two European communications organizations. Ku-band geostationary satellite, developed by Thales Alenia SpaceIt will provide satellite TV service to Germany, France and Spain. According to the SES website. Astra Satellites have been providing television and radio to Germany since 1988.

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Update 5:44 p.m.: A Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage booster has just landed on a SpaceX drone Just read the instructions.

According to SpaceX, this marks the 250th first stage landing in orbital flight.

Leaves!

Update 5:35 p.m.: SpaceX just launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying Astra 1P/SES-24 from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

SpaceX launch webcast begins

Update 5:25 p.m.: The SpaceX launch webcast hosted on X (formerly Twitter) is now posted above, directly below the countdown clock.

Liftoff is scheduled in ten minutes from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

SpaceX launch countdown schedule

Update 5:15 p.m.: While we wait for liftoff at 5:35 p.m., here’s a behind-the-scenes recap of SpaceX’s countdown. T minus:

  • 38 minutes: SpaceX’s launch director checks the “launch” of propellant loading.
  • 35 minutes: The loading of rocket kerosene and the first stage of liquid oxygen begins.
  • 16 minutes: The second stage of liquid oxygen loading begins.
  • 7 minutes: The Falcon 9 begins engine cooling before launch.
  • 1 minute: The flight command computer begins final pre-launch checks; The fuel tank pressure starts until it reaches cruising pressure.
  • 45 seconds: SpaceX’s launch director checks the “go” for the launch.
  • 3 seconds: The engine control module controls the start of the engine ignition sequence.
  • 0 seconds: Leaves.

Updated at 5:00 p.m: SpaceX has indicated that it is supplying fuel. They are aiming for liftoff at 5:35 PM EST.

Brevard EOC active ahead of SpaceX launch

Update 4:58 p.m.: The Brevard Rocket Launch Operations Committee indicated that it had activated launch support.

Update 4:54 p.m.: If the weather cooperates, the Falcon Heavy will launch on Tuesday, June 25. The tri-core rocket, launched from Pad 39A, consists of three Falcon 9 rockets. Payload: GOES-U, NOAA’s newest weather satellite.

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Tonight is a SpaceX drone ship

Update 4:45 p.m.: The Falcon 9 rocket will land today Just read the instructions Drone in the Atlantic Ocean. The only predictable sound is the familiar rumble of the rocket.

Update 4:35 p.m.: Will SpaceX be able to launch and ride out this drought before the weather hits the coast? Looks like they’re still on track as of 5:35 p.m.

If launched, this SpaceX booster will fly for the ninth time. Memorable past missions include the manned Axiom-2 and Axiom-3 missions, four Starlink missions, Euclid and CRS-30.

Update 4:20 p.m.: Did you know that you can send alerts to your phone when a SpaceX rocket is about to lift off?

The FLORIDA TODAY app sends alerts directly to your phone so you know when to come out to watch the launch.

Better yet – this local app is free!

Update 4:05 p.m.: SpaceX still aims to launch the Astra 1P/SES-24 satellite at 5:35 p.m. Winds continue to blow across the Cape. While it is sunny, radar shows storms approaching the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX has a launch window of 2 hours and 49 minutes after which they can launch.

Brooke Edwards is a satellite correspondent for Florida Today. Contact her at [email protected] or X: @brookeofstars.

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