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SpaceX Targets Monday Night Commercial Satellite Launch

SpaceX's Falcon 9 and JCSAT-18/Kacific1 are vertical on Pad 40 in Florida. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX is poised to launch a commercial communications satellite into space Monday night from Cape Canaveral. 

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will send the communications satellite into orbit for the private company SKY Perfect JSAT. The satellite will provide mobile broadband services for the Asia-Pacific region.

The launch window from Space Launch Complex 40 opens at 7:10 p.m. EST and remains open until 8:38 EST. Weather is 90 percent favorable for launch. Forecasters are watching cumulus clouds which could delay or scrub the launch.

Once launched, SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage booster of the rocket on a drone ship positioned in the Atlantic. The private space company will also attempt to catch the two nosecone pieces on its fairing recover vessels named “Ms. Trees” and “Ms. Halves.” SpaceX reuses parts of its rockets to lower the cost of launches.

The launch will mark SpaceX’s 13th this year.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »