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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flashes fiery multicolored exhaust across nighttime sky Thursday

Multicolored flames trailing from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket handled Brevard County spectators to a spectacular present Thursday night time, as another Starlink mission soared along a southeasterly trajectory.

“Engines full power, and liftoff. Go Falcon, go Starlink,” a SpaceX crew member introduced in the course of the firm webcast because the 230-foot rocket rose off Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

SpaceX crews introduced a trio of minor delays previous to Thursday’s Starlink 6-55 liftoff, bumping again the launch time from 9:49 p.m. to 10:37 p.m. EDT.

SpaceX didn’t publicly announce why that occurred. The National Weather Service radar loop from the Melbourne Orlando International Airport station confirmed no important cloud cowl over the Space Coast, and the Space Force’s forty fifth Weather Squadron had pegged odds of “go for launch” situations at 85%.

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The mission deployed one other 23 broadband satellites into the ever-expanding Starlink constellation in low-Earth orbit.

“Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency internet is now available in Uruguay!” firm officers introduced in a Thursday afternoon tweet.

The mission marked the nineteenth flight for the Falcon 9 first-stage booster, SpaceX reported. The much-traveled booster beforehand launched CRS-22, Crew-3, Turksat 5B, Crew-4, CRS-25, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13G, SES 03b mPOWER, PSN SATRIA, Telkomsat Merah Putih 2 and 9 Starlink missions.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink satellites launches Thursday night, as seen across the Indian River Lagoon from the Cocoa shoreline.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink satellites launches Thursday night, as seen across the Indian River Lagoon from the Cocoa shoreline.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink satellites launches Thursday night time, as seen across the Indian River Lagoon from the Cocoa shoreline.

Following stage separation, the booster touched down atop the SpaceX drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas out on the Atlantic Ocean.

Thursday morning, Space Florida released a report outlining a long-term vision for a $2.1 billion northward expansion near Port Canaveral, that includes a proposed large-scale wharf alongside Cape Canaveral Space Force Station for space-industry drone ships, marine vessels and watercraft to move and retrieve rocket boosters, fairings and capsules.

One Falcon 9 launch can generate SpaceX ocean restoration operations for all three of those parts. The Space Florida research projected demand across the industrial house {industry} will improve to 197 annual launch restoration operations by 2028; 571 by 2053; and 1,252 by 2073.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off Thursday night from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off Thursday night from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off Thursday night time from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Less than seven hours earlier than the Starlink 6-55 liftoff, SpaceX crews launched a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on the Maxar 1 mission.

The rocket lifted a pair of Maxar Intelligence geospatial satellites into low-Earth orbit, marking SpaceX’s forty fourth mission of 2024 nationwide.

“Our first two WorldView Legion spacecraft deployed their solar arrays and started receiving and sending signals! Now we’ll begin commissioning them for collecting imagery. Thanks @SpaceX for the ride to orbit!” firm officers introduced in a 5:46 p.m. Thursday tweet.

(*9*)A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink satellites launches Thursday night, as seen across the Indian River Lagoon from the Cocoa shoreline.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink satellites launches Thursday night time, as seen across the Indian River Lagoon from the Cocoa shoreline.

For the most recent information and launch schedule from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, go to floridatoday.com/space.

Rick Neale is a Space Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Neale at [email protected]. Twitter/X: @RickNeale1

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This article initially appeared on Florida Today: SpaceX Falcon 9 streaks colorfully across darkened sky Thursday night

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