UPDATE: SpaceX Stands Down From Today’s Falcon 9 Rocket Launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

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New Launch Date: TBA

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, July 11, carrying the Starlink 9 from Kennedy Space Center’s historic LC-39A.

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – SpaceX has announced the Falcon 9 rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center on Saturday is being postponed to allow more time for checkouts for the Starlink mission, according to SpaceX.

A new date and time will be announced soon.

The 45th Weather Squadron latest weather report shows conditions are 60-percent favorable for Saturday’s launch.

The mission will carry Starlink 9 which will be the tenth batch of satellites designated for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network.

Following first stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to recover the first stage booster engine on drone ship ‘Of Course, I Still Love You’ stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The BlackSky Global spacecraft will deploy sequentially beginning 1 hour and 1 minute after liftoff, and the Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 1 hour and 32 minutes after liftoff. Starlink satellites will be deployed in a circular orbit, as was done on the first through fourth Starlink missions.

Additionally, all Starlink satellites on this flight are equipped with a deployable visor to block sunlight from hitting the brightest spots of the spacecraft – a measure SpaceX has taken as part of our work with leading astronomical groups to mitigate satellite reflectivity.

Coverage of the launch can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV

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