Weather delays SpaceX rocket launch from Florida’s Space Coast to Sunday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Weather has once again delayed the launch of a rocket from Florida’s Space Coast.

1:30 p.m. update:

SpaceX announced Saturday afternoon that weather has delayed a planned Flacon 9 rocket launch.

The launch was set for Saturday night, and has been moved back to 6:11 p.m. Sunday.

The Flacon 9 rocket is aiming to send an Italian satellite into orbit.

The rocket is set to launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The first stage of the rocket is also planned to land back at Cape Canaveral at Landing Zone 1.

A planned Starlink rocket launch that was set for Sunday has been moved to Monday due to the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 launch delay.

Channel 9 will monitor both planned launches by SpaceX and provide continuing coverage on Eyewitness News.

Original report:

SpaceX officials hope the third time is a charm as they attempt to launch a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral tonight.

The space company will now attempt to launch a COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellite on Saturday at 6:11 p.m.



On Friday, SpaceX was forced to scrub a planned Falcon 9 rocket launch due to poor weather at the launch site for a second time.

SpaceX had originally scheduled the launch for 6:11 p.m. Thursday but it was scrubbed because of unfavorable weather conditions.

READ: Weather causes second delay for SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Florida’s Space Coast

The delay means that launch enthusiasts could see back-to-back launches this weekend with a planned Starlink mission to lift off from Launch Complex 39A on Sunday, Jan. 30.

You can stream the launch live here.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.