About 34 minutes before the launch attempt for Italy’s defense & weather CSG-2 SkyMed 2nd generation FM2 satellite SpaceX was forced to scrub the attempt of 6:11 PM EST or 23:11 UTC Thursday as storms rolled in over Cape Canaveral from the Atlantic ocean over launch complex 40.
The next attempt will be on Friday January 28th 2022 at the same time of 6:11 PM EST with a first stage booster landing at LZ-1 at Cape Canaveral and not a drone ship.
What is interesting about this booster is B-1052-3 (it’s third flight) has only ever landed at LZ-1 during two previous Falcon Heavy missions as a side core booster and not as the main booster in tomorrows launch.
It’s past launches were ArabSat 6A and STP-2 both from historic launch complex 39A. Weather projections by the 45th Space Wing weather squadron has the weather at 60% go for launch with upper level winds being a moderate concern and possible launch violations of Thick Cloud Layer Rule and Cumulus Cloud Rule as violations at launch time Friday.
Article and Photos by Scott Schilke for spacenews.lu & space-news.es