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SpaceX targeting second booster landing at Cape Canaveral, but weather downgraded

  • January 28, 2022

SpaceX’s next launch from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, a mission that will include sonic booms as the Falcon 9 booster returns to the Space Coast for landing.

Space Launch Delta 45 officials said the gloomy, rainy disturbance lingering over the Space Coast this week is to blame but could begin to clear before the liftoff window at 6:11 p.m. EST Thursday. The latest forecast dropped the “percent go” probability at Launch Complex 40 to 60%, a slight downgrade from the previous version.

“While deep moisture through the atmosphere gradually gets stripped away tonight into tomorrow, the proximity of this system coupled with robust onshore flow will still support scattered low-topped showers moving towards the coast on Thursday,” forecasters said Thursday.

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Forecasters did add a note, however, about the return of the Falcon 9 rocket’s booster to Cape Canaveral’s Landing Zone 1: landing conditions were downgraded from “low risk” to “moderate risk.”

This would mark the second landing of a 162-foot Falcon 9 first stage at Cape Canaveral this month, a maneuver that generates sonic booms heard across Central Florida depending on weather conditions. Residents should be prepared for the booms as they can be startling, but are generally harmless.

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One more launch is on the schedule for this month, assuming CSG-2 can stick to schedule: SpaceX’s next batch of Starlink satellites is slated to launch from Kennedy Space Center no earlier than 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. The debut of a small rocket by startup company Astra has not yet been solidly scheduled, though it was targeting late this month.

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Rocket launch on Thursday, Jan. 27

  • Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9
  • Mission: COSMO-SkyMed Earth observation satellite
  • Launch Time: 6:11 p.m. EST
  • Launch Window: To 6:17 p.m. EST
  • Trajectory: Southeast
  • Landing: Landing Zone 1
  • Weather: 60% “go”

Visit at 4:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 27, for live updates and video.

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