SpaceX’s 31st flight of the year will launch another batch of Starlink satellites as part of the Starlink Group 4-22 mission onboard a Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff is scheduled for Sunday, July 17 at 10:20 AM EDT (14:20 UTC) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
Sunday’s launch will see another Falcon 9 booster reaching 13 flights, the highest number of flights currently in their fleet. Booster B1051 first flew supporting the Demo-1 mission back on March 2, 2019, and last flew on the Starlink Group 4-12 mission back on March 19, 2022.
This launch will also involve the 1,000th satellite launched to the fourth shell of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation, approaching two-thirds of its completion.
The weather forecast released by Space Launch Delta 45 predicted only a 50% chance of favorable conditions for launch on Sunday. The main concerns are the violation of the thick cloud layer rule, cumulus cloud rule, and anvil cloud rules. These are related to the potential for the rocket to trigger lightning as it ascends through the lower parts of the atmosphere.
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Falcon 9 B1051 completes its 13th mission, landing on SpaceX Drone Ship “Just Read The Instructions”.