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    SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral

    Update: Liftoff of Falcon 9 at 12:01 a.m. EDT Friday! This marks the Space Coast’s 37th launch of the year and sets the stage for another rocket, Falcon Heavy, to fly from Kennedy Space Center late Friday. See the latest at our launch schedule here.

    Follow live updates as SpaceX targets 12:01 a.m. EDT Friday, July 28, for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket and batch of Starlink internet satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

    Weather conditions for the liftoff from Launch Complex 40 are 40% “go.” After liftoff and a flight toward the southeast, the rocket’s first stage will target a drone ship landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

    Follow live updates below:

    12:01 a.m. EDT: Liftoff of Falcon 9! Twenty-two of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are now flying along a southeastern trajectory toward low-Earth orbit. In about eight minutes, the rocket’s 162-foot first stage will target a landing on the Shortfall of Gravitas drone ship in the Atlantic. This mission marks its 15th flight to date.

    Here’s the post-launch timeline:

    • T-plus 00:01:12: Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
    • 00:02:26: 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
    • 00:02:29: 1st and 2nd stages separate
    • 00:02:35: 2nd stage engine starts (SES-1)
    • 00:03:07: Fairing deployment
    • 00:06:09: 1st stage entry burn begins
    • 00:06:31: 1st stage entry burn ends
    • 00:08:04: 1st stage landing burn begins
    • 00:08:25: 1st stage landing
    • 00:08:39: 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-1)
    • 00:54:07: 2nd stage engine starts (SES-2)
    • 00:54:10: 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
    • 01:05:17: Starlink satellites deploy

    11:51 p.m. EDT: At T-minus 10 minutes, SpaceX continues pushing toward an on-time liftoff at 12:01 a.m. EDT. Teams are working no issues.

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    9:25 p.m. EDT: SpaceX has started fueling the Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 40 ahead of tonight’s 12:01 a.m. EDT launch. Here’s what’s left of the timeline:

    • 00:16:00: 2nd stage LOX loading begins
    • 00:07:00: Falcon 9 begins engine chill prior to launch
    • 00:01:00: Command flight computer to begin final pre-launch checks
    • 00:01:00: Propellant tank pressurization to flight pressure begins
    • 00:00:45: SpaceX launch director verifies “go” for launch
    • 00:00:03: Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
    • 00:00:00: Falcon 9 liftoff

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    10:20 p.m. EDT: SpaceX is now targeting 12:01 a.m. EDT for this launch due to weather around the Cape. That marks the last opportunity to fly before this mission would have to delay to another day.

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    9:05 p.m. EDT: SpaceX, originally targeting 10:20 p.m. EDT for this launch, has pushed the mission to 11:10 p.m. EDT to allow more time for weather to clear. Space Force forecasters earlier today said conditions during tonight’s launch window, which runs until 12:01 a.m. EDT, would be 40% “go.”

    Here’s tonight’s pre-launch timeline:

    • T-minus 00:38:00: SpaceX launch director verifies “go” for propellant load
    • 00:35:00: RP-1 (rocket-grade kerosene) loading begins
    • 00:35:00: 1st stage LOX (liquid oxygen) loading begins
    • 00:16:00: 2nd stage LOX loading begins
    • 00:07:00: Falcon 9 begins engine chill prior to launch
    • 00:01:00: Command flight computer to begin final pre-launch checks
    • 00:01:00: Propellant tank pressurization to flight pressure begins
    • 00:00:45: SpaceX launch director verifies “go” for launch
    • 00:00:03: Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
    • 00:00:00: Falcon 9 liftoff

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