SpaceX ringing in 2023 with Transporter-6 rideshare mission

SpaceX will begin another busy year with the launch of the Transporter-6 rideshare mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS). The mission is due to lift off at 9:56 AM EST (14:56 UTC) on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Falcon 9’s first stage will return to land at Landing Zone-1 at CCSFS approximately eight and a half minutes after launch. The weather forecast from the 45th Weather Squadron shows a 90% chance of acceptable weather on Tuesday, dropping slightly to 80% on Wednesday at the same time of day should the launch be delayed. This is the sixth dedicated rideshare mission organized by SpaceX and is carrying 114 payloads into orbit — some of which will be deployed later from a number of space tugs that are on the mission. The payloads range in size from picosatellites of less than a kilogram — measuring only a few centimeters on each side — to microsatellites massing around 100 kg. The Transporter missions are intended to provide a consistent cadence of rideshare opportunities to popular orbits such as Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO). As with many other satellite missions in 2022, the Transporter-6 launch date slipped…

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SpaceX ringing in 2023 with Transporter-6 rideshare mission

Updated: January 2, 2023 — 9:27 pm