The US military is hitchhiking aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy – the most powerful commercial rocket currently in service. Here’s how you can watch the secret USSF-67 mission soar into Florida’s twilight skies.
Update: Jan. 14, 4:14 p.m. ET: Today’s launch was scrubbed and booted for about 24 hours. The new launch target is Sunday, January 15th at 5:56pm ET. Reasons for the delay were not given.
Original post follows.
It’s about time for SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy to make its fifth flight, with launch for the USSF-67 mission expected on Saturday, January 14 at 5:51 p.m. ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida . Sunset will have occurred about five minutes earlier, providing a spectacular twilight backdrop for missile spotters, whether on the US southeast coast or observing closely online.
SpaceX usually provides a live feed a few minutes before launch, and we expect the same for this mission. We will update this page and add the link when it becomes available. In the event that SpaceX does not offer live video coverage, you can still watch the launch on one of the third-party live streams below.
The 45th Space Force Weather Squadron is predict an 80 percent chance of favorable weather for takeoff, with strong winds cited as a potential problem. Should the launch need to be scrubbed for any reason, SpaceX will try again on Sunday. The rocket’s two side boosters will attempt vertical landings at Kennedy’s landing zones 1 and 2 while the central core is not recovered.
USSF-67 is SpaceX’s second national security launch, the first being USSF-44, the blown off on November 1, 2022 on a Falcon Heavy. SpaceX provided a live feed for this launch, but ended the broadcast early at Space Force’s request. History will likely repeat itself for this launch as the newest branch of the US Armed Forces would prefer that we not catch a glimpse of its classified payload.
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this payload, according to to Kennedy Space Center, is the Space Force’s second Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM, a communications satellite also known as CBAS-2. The Falcon Rocket will also attempt to hitchhike several unspecified satellites into geosynchronous orbit. The ESPA 3A payload adapter will assist in this task by transporting and delivering the rideshare payloads to their respective destinations approximately 22,250 miles (35,800 kilometers) above the surface.
Expected launch on Saturday marks the fifth flight of the 70-metre-tall Falcon Heavy, which will generate over 5 million pounds of thrust on launch. SpaceX will put the rocket to good use in 2023, with four more launches expected in the coming year, including the launch of NASA’s Psyche Probe in October.
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