UPDATE: SpaceX Rocket Launch of Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13F satellite

SpaceX Falcon 9

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13F satellite is targeted to liftoff at 1:22 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, December 15, 2020, from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

SpaceX pushed the launch back from its original time of 11:26 p.m.

The launch window closes at 1:22 a.m. EST.

Watch SpaceX Rocket Launch Live

A live webcast of this mission will begin about 15 minutes prior to liftoff.

Launch Weather 90% ‘GO’

According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is a 90% chance of favorable weather for launch. The primary weather concern for launch is cumulus clouds.

Attempted Landing On Drone Ship

Following stage separation, the first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 will attempt a landing on an autonomous drone ship Just Read The Instructions in the Atlantic Ocean.

Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13F

The Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13F satellite will replace three of its aging satellites in its flagship HOTBIRD neighborhood.

The HOTBIRD family forms one of the largest broadcasting systems in Europe, delivering 1000 television channels to more than 135 TV homes in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.