A Falcon 9 rocket streaks into space from Cape Canaveral in this long exposure photo taken March 6. Credit: SpaceX
Launch teams are readying three rockets for a series of blastoffs this week from Cape Canaveral to loft a classified orbiting spy platform for the U.S. government, a long-delayed Argentine radar imaging payload, and the next set of Starlink broadband satellites.
The trio of missions — one by United Launch Alliance and two by SpaceX — could close out August with three rocket launches in a little more than three days. If all three launches get off the ground by the end of August, there will have been 20 orbital rocket launches from Cape Canaveral through the first eight months of 2020.
That puts the Florida launch base on pace for roughly 30 orbital launches for 2020. As always with launch manifests, missions can be delayed or shuffled due to factors such as rocket and payload availability, range scheduling and weather.
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket is set for liftoff at 2:16 a.m. EDT (0616 GMT) Wednesday from pad 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The payload set for launch on top of ULA’s most powerful rocket ...