February 26, 2024

SpaceX will now launch an Earth-observation satellite for Italy today (yes, you can watch it live)

Editors note for Jan. 29: SpaceX has postponed its launch of the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 satellite for Italy to no earlier than Sunday, Jan. 30, at 6:11 p.m. EST (2311 GMT) due to bad weather.SpaceX is now expected to release an Italian Earth-observation satellite no earlier than today (Jan. 30), 2 days later on than prepared due to bad weather, and youll be able to see it live here when it lifts off.A two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 (CSG-2) satellite is arranged to raise off from Floridas Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 6:11 p.m. EST (2311 GMT) on Saturday. SpaceX webcasts normally start 15 to 20 minutes before liftoff.Sundays weather condition projection calls for more than a 90% chance of excellent launch conditions, with thick clouds as the only concern, according to a forecast from the U.S. Space Forces Delta 45 group.Related: The evolution of SpaceXs rockets in picturesA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bring the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 Earth-observation radar satellite for Italy stands atop Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida ahead of a prepared launch on Jan. 28, 2022. Its robotic Dragon cargo spacecraft returned from the International Space Station on Monday (Jan. 24), and the company is preparing to release a batch of its Starlink internet satellites from Florida on Monday (Jan. 31) after a two-day hold-up due to the weather issues, as well as the NROL-87 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office on Feb. 2 from SpaceXs California launch pad at the Vandenberg Space Force Base.Editors note: SpaceX had initially targeted Thursday (Jan. 27) for the launch of CSG-2 however has postponed the flight numerous times due to bad weather.

Editors note for Jan. 29: SpaceX has postponed its launch of the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 satellite for Italy to no earlier than Sunday, Jan. 30, at 6:11 p.m. EST (2311 GMT) due to bad weather.SpaceX is now anticipated to launch an Italian Earth-observation satellite no earlier than today (Jan. 30), 2 days later than prepared due to bad weather condition, and youll be able to see it live here when it lifts off.A two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 (CSG-2) satellite is arranged to lift off from Floridas Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 6:11 p.m. EST (2311 GMT) on Saturday. SpaceX webcasts typically start 15 to 20 minutes prior to liftoff.Sundays weather condition projection calls for more than a 90% possibility of good launch conditions, with thick clouds as the only issue, according to a projection from the U.S. Space Forces Delta 45 group.Related: The advancement of SpaceXs rockets in picturesA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bring the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 Earth-observation radar satellite for Italy stands atop Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida ahead of a prepared launch on Jan. 28, 2022. Its robotic Dragon freight spacecraft returned from the International Space Station on Monday (Jan. 24), and the company is preparing to launch a batch of its Starlink web satellites from Florida on Monday (Jan. 31) after a two-day delay due to the weather problems, as well as the NROL-87 objective for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office on Feb. 2 from SpaceXs California launch pad at the Vandenberg Space Force Base.Editors note: SpaceX had actually originally targeted Thursday (Jan. 27) for the launch of CSG-2 but has actually postponed the flight numerous times due to bad weather condition.