Raumfahrt - Start von SpaceX mit Intelsat 40e satellite


Mostly fair weather conditions in store for SpaceX's middle-of-the-night Falcon 9 launch


This image of the Intelsat 40e satellite shows all reflectors deployed, and the hosted NASA payload "TEMPO" is seen in the foreground as the spacecraft … Show more    


Weather should be solid Friday for SpaceX's next Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Liftoff from Launch Complex 40 is set to happen between 12:29 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. EDT Friday, April 7. Falcon 9 will follow an easterly trajectory to boost Intelsat 40e, a commercial communications satellite, to orbit. Hitching a ride as a hosted payload is NASA's Tropospheric Emissions Monitoring of Pollution instrument, or TEMPO, which should help improve air quality forecasts.

How does the weather look?

Forecasters with the Space Force's Space Launch Delta 45 on Wednesday predicted a 90% chance of acceptable liftoff conditions, noting only a slight possibility of winds and clouds as primary concerns.

A strong system, Space Launch Delta 45 forecasters said Wednesday, "will be making its way across much of the Eastern U.S. This system’s cold front will stall across the Deep South and not make it to the Space Coast. This will leave the spaceport in an onshore flow pattern with moderated temperatures and isolated coastal showers."

Weather offshore for the Falcon 9 first-stage booster recovery attempt on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean was listed as "low risk."

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