SpaceX successfully launches communications satellites from Florida on Saturday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX has successfully launched its Intelsat G-33/G-34 mission from Florida's Space Coast after two scrubbed attempts.
The rocket was expected to launch on Thursday but a Falcon 9 auto abort was triggered at T-30 seconds. SpaceX said the rocket and payload are in good health. The space company moved the launch to Friday, but that was scrubbed too.
The space company will launch the Intelsat G-33/G-34 mission atop its Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Saturday. The 70-minute launch window opens at 7:05 p.m. ET.
"Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34 are geosynchronous communications satellites that will ensure service continuity to Intelsat’s North American customers as part of Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet refresh plan," according to Kennedy Space Center.
The Falcon 9 first-stage booster supporting this mission previously launched GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, and 10 Starlink missions. After stage separation, the first stage will land on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
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The launch comes just after days after SpaceX launched its Crew-5 astronaut mission to the International Space Station from Florida. Just hours later, SpaceX launched a Starlink satellite mission from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base.
You can watch the launch live when it happens in the player above.