SpaceX Falcon 9 looking for weather window tomorrow morning for launch

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 is prepared to launch in the wee hours of Thursday morning to carry a private communications satellite into space, and the Air Force thinks Wednesday’s rain ought to clear in time.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 is set to lift the SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation’s JCSAT-14 satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch is set to happen no earlier than 1:21 a.m. Thursday. There is a two-hour launch window.

The Air Force’s 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron is projecting an 80 percent chance of favorable launch weather, with the primary concerns being thick clouds and wind.

JCSAT-14 will become part of a constellation of 16 JCSAT satellites serving the Pacific rim. It will provide video distribution, data transfer communications and back-up service capabilities in Asia, Russia, Oceania, Middle East and North America.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.