It generally does not look like OUR MOTHER EARTH will hinder SpaceX’s next Starlink launch.
The most recent forecast from the U.S. Space Force predicts only a 30% potential for inclement weather for the SpaceX launch of 53 Starlink satellites, that is scheduled that occurs at 6: 57 p.m. EDT (2257 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in coastal Florida, east of Orlando.
As the Space Force forecast (opens in new tab) points to “early-morning showers across the coast and afternoon storms on the interior,” it stresses that things “continue steadily to look favorable for launch.”
The forecasters are, however, watching out for “light and veering upper-level flow” from winds that could “bring anvil clouds to the region,” including possible showers.
If the launch be delayed by 24 hours, the forecast notes that the probability is better still for a Wednesday (Aug. 10) launch, with just a 10% potential for weather causing a concern. “The principal concern through the backup window remains the cumulus cloud rule,” the forecast states.
Starlink is SpaceX’s ever-growing constellation of broadband satellites, which now has a lot more than 2,200 active craft in space.
SpaceX has launched the satellites from both U.S. coasts. Shortly before liftoff, the business generally stations a “drone ship” not a long way away from the launch site to serve as a landing platform for the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage.
Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is really a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she also tackles topics like diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to greatly help others explore the universe. Elizabeth’s on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, three space shuttle missions in Florida, and embedded reporting from the simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada’s Carleton University. Elizabeth can be a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Her latest book, Leadership Moments from NASA, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got thinking about space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, but still really wants to be an astronaut someday.