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The Florida launch will not happen on Friday.

Cape Canaveral, Florida – SpaceX is now scheduled to launch on Friday and Saturday, in reverse on the same-day launch schedule. History could have been created for the tight transition between the two pitches.

spacex announcement of It is prioritizing Friday’s launch of the Falcon 9 for the O3b mPOWER mission and targeting Saturday’s launch of the company’s Starlink satellites. Initially scheduled for Friday and less than 35 minutes apart, the two launches would have tied the record for fastest response among orbital launches from Florida’s Space Coast, which has stood since Nov. 11, 1966.

Friday’s launch from Pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station will power a pair of Internet communications satellites for its customer SES, a Luxembourg-based satellite operator. The 87-minute liftoff window is scheduled to open at 4:21 p.m. ET.

Then on Saturday, near Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39-A, the Falcon 9 will send another batch of Starlink webcasting satellites into orbit.

Both missions were expected to involve a first-stage Falcon 9 booster landing on separate unmanned ships stationed in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after liftoff.

SpaceX did not respond to inquiries from USA TODAY Network’s Florida Today regarding this story.

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The company’s fastest response time is about 15 hours between releases. This record is of December 2021.

SpaceX flew a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on December 18 of that year, launching a batch of Starlink satellites into orbit. Then 15 hours later, from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, a second Falcon 9 lifted off on a Turksat 5B mission to Turkey.

Jamie Grow is a satellite reporter for Florida TODAY. can contact on [email protected] Follow him Twitter @AlteradoJamie,

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