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SpaceX targets late-night Falcon 9 launch Tuesday for Starlink mission from Cape Canaveral

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Update: SpaceX has pushed back the target launch time to 1:47 a.m. EST Wednesday.

Original story: SpaceX aims to send its next Falcon 9 rocket soaring into space Tuesday during another late-night launch window, with a 11:01 p.m. EST target liftoff time from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

This mission — which will lift another payload of 23 Starlink internet-beaming satellites into low-Earth orbit — has a 4-hour window with backup launch opportunities until 2:59 a.m. EST Wednesday.

SpaceX publicly confirmed this Starlink 6-29 mission on Monday afternoon.

SpaceX Starlink launch details

For Tuesday night at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, the National Weather Service forecasts mostly cloudy skies with a low around 68 and south-southeast wind around 10 mph.

The Space Force's 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 90% chance of "go" weather at the beginning of the launch window, decreasing to 75% by its end.

Thick cloud layers comprise the squadron's primary weather concern, as "mid and upper level clouds will begin overspreading the area through the late evening and overnight hours on Tuesday."

"For the primary launch window, the initial cloud cover is expected to be too high and cold for concern at window open, but chances will increase for warmer clouds to move in further into the window posing an increasing Thick Cloud Layers concern," the squadron's forecast said.

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For the latest schedule updates at the Cape, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.

Rick Neale is a Space Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY (for more of his stories, click here.) Contact Neale at 321-242-3638 or rneale@floridatoday.com. Twitter/X: @RickNeale1

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