Rocket Launch

SpaceX Rocket Launch From Florida Set For March 17

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying SES 18 and SES 19 communications satellites is targeted to liftoff at 7:38 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, March 17, 2023, from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The launch window will remain open until 8:16 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Launch Weather 80% ‘GO’

According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is an 80% chance of favorable weather for launch.

The primary weather concern is liftoff winds.

For the backup launch day on Saturday, launch weather conditions will deteriorate to just a 35% chance of favorable weather for launch as a front approaches.

Attempted Landing On Drone Ship

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

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SES 18 and 19 Payload

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch two C-band satellites built by Northrop Grumman allowing SES to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s time-critical objective to roll out 5G services across the United States.

These satellites will enable SES to clear 280MHz of mid-band spectrum for 5G use while seamlessly migrating SES’s existing C-band customers and ensuring the continued delivery of digital television to nearly 120 million American TV homes and other critical data services.

“Clearing mid-band spectrum and protecting our broadcast customers to ensure business continuity is a significant undertaking and we absolutely need to be working with the right partners,” said Steve Collar, CEO at SES.

“We have a deep and trusted relationship with SpaceX having been the first to launch a commercial satellite with them and subsequently the first commercial company to adopt the flight-proven booster and we could not be more confident in their ability to deliver on this time-critical mission.”

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