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SpaceX Starlink launch from Cape Canaveral: Everything you need to know

SpaceX aims to launch Falcon 9 rocket despite rainy weather. Stay tuned for updates on Starlink 10-2 mission launch. #SpaceX #Starlink

Today, we are eagerly anticipating SpaceX's launch of the Starlink 10-2 mission from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch is scheduled for 4:46 p.m. EDT, with backup opportunities available until 6:40 p.m. However, there is some concern about the rainy and cloudy weather caused by Invest 90L potentially affecting the launch for a second consecutive day.

Yesterday, SpaceX had to stand down from their initial launch attempt due to thick cloud cover and showers over the Cape. Today, the Space Force's 45th Weather Squadron is only giving a 25% chance of favorable weather during the launch window, citing the presence of anvil clouds, cumulus clouds, and surface electric fields.

Despite the weather concerns, there is no expectation of sonic booms in Central Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket will launch along a northeasterly trajectory, carrying a payload of Starlink internet satellites. The first-stage booster will then attempt to land on a SpaceX drone ship in the sea approximately 8½ minutes after liftoff.

For live updates on the launch, you can follow FLORIDA TODAY Space Team coverage on this page, starting around 90 minutes before the launch window opens. Additionally, SpaceX's live webcast on X (formerly Twitter) will be available about five minutes before liftoff.

Keep an eye on for the latest news and launch schedule updates from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Feel free to reach out to Rick Neale, FLORIDA TODAY's Space Reporter, at [email protected] or on Twitter/X at @RickNeale1.

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