SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket with 22 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral

Update 12:18 a.m. EDT: SpaceX confirms deployment of the 22 Starlink V2 Mini satellites into low Earth orbit.


Update 11:39 p.m. EDT: The Falcon 9 rocket launched the Starlink 6-14 mission at 11:12 p.m. EDT (0312 UTC) with the first stage booster, B1076, landing on the drone ship, A Shortfall of Gravitas, about eight and a half minutes after liftoff. Deployment of the 22 Starlink V2 Mini satellites is expected about 12:17 a.m. EDT (0417 UTC).


Update 6:46 p.m. EDT:

SpaceX has adjusted the launch time of the Starlink 6-14 mission. It’s now targeting a T-0 liftoff at 11:12 p.m. EDT (0312 UTC on Sept. 9). It has one more backup time in the launch window at 11:30 p.m. EDT (0330 UTC on Sept. 9).


Original story:

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 22 second-generation Starlink internet satellites at 7:56 p.m. EDT (2356 UTC) Friday evening from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Additional launch opportunities are available at 11:12 p.m. EDT (0312 UTC) and 11:30 p.m. EDT (0330 UTC). The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on the drone ship ‘A Shortfall of Gravitas’ in the Atlantic Ocean. The booster is making its 7th flight.

According to the 45th Weather Squadron, in a forecast issued on Thursday, there is a 60-percent chance of acceptable conditions for the first launch opportunity, improving to 85 percent for the later launch opportunities.

Our live coverage from Cape Canaveral, with commentary by Spaceflight Now’s Will Robinson-Smith, will begin about an hour before launch.