SpaceX is set for an 11:06 a.m. EST launch of a Falcon 9 with pair of communications satellites on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station will host this year's 49th rocket to take flight from the Space Coast.
The mission for Luxembourg-based operator, Intelsat, will loft a pair of near-identical communications satellites called Galaxy 31 & 32. That is if the weather will cooperate for a launch attempt.
Space Force forecasters have issued only a 30% chance of acceptable liftoff conditions for Tuesday's launch. Conditions deteriorate even further to only 20% for a backup opportunity on Wednesday around the same time.
"Wind speeds and shower coverage at the Spaceport" were expressed as the main concerns for liftoff by Space Force forecasters in a weekend report.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami has given an area of low pressure located north of Puerto Rico a 90% chance of developing into a subtropical or tropical depression sometime this week.
Although the storm system is still very disorganized, by early-to-mid week "an increasing risk of coastal flooding, gale-force winds, heavy rainfall, rough surf, and beach erosion" can be expected along Florida's east coast the National Hurricane Center said over the weekend.
Upper-level winds are marked as a moderate risk by the Space Force while conditions for booster recovery are marked as a "high" risk. However, SpaceX isn't expected to attempt a landing of any kind with this mission's Falcon 9 first stage.
Launch Tuesday, November 8
- Company / Agency: SpaceX for Intelsat
- Rocket: Falcon 9
- Location: Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
- Launch Time: 11:06 a.m. EST
- Landing: None
- Trajectory: Northeast
- Weather: 30% "go"
- Live coverage: Starts 60 minutes before liftoff at floridatoday.com/space
- About: SpaceX will launch the Galaxy 31 & 32 communications satellites for Luxembourg-based operator Intelsat.
Quelle: Florida Today