Weather looks decent for July's first SpaceX Falcon 9 launch Thursday morning

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The rocket is carrying a number of small satellites as part of a ridesharing mission.  Mandatory Credit: Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The rocket is carrying a number of small satellites as part of a ridesharing mission. Mandatory Credit: Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK

Update: Liftoff of Falcon 9 at 9:11 a.m. ET! After liftoff and landing on a drone ship, the rocket's second stage successfully delivered 53 Starlink internet-beaming satellites to orbit. Read our full post-launch story here.

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SpaceX is set to launch its first mission of July Thursday morning and the weather looks pretty good.

The company's next batch of Starlink internet satellites is scheduled to launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket between 9:01 and 10:41 a.m. EDT, Thursday, July 7, from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

According to a Tuesday report from the Space Force, conditions during that window were calculated at 80% "go."

Space Force forecasters said Tuesday that the afternoon sea breeze this week is expected to increase "the chances of early afternoon thunderstorms," but conditions in the morning should remain favorable for a launch attempt on Thursday.

SpaceX has launched more than 2,500 satellites of its Starlink internet constellation since the first operational flight in 2019. The company now advertises standard internet plans beginning at $110 a month with service available across a swath of North America, Europe, and Australia.

If the launch is delayed to a backup opportunity around the same time on Friday, July 8, the likelihood of favorable weather increases to 90% "go." The primary concern for both days is cumulus clouds in the area that could produce rain.

About eight minutes after launch the 230-foot tall first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket will somersault on return and is expected to land on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, no sonic booms are expected for the Space Coast with this one.

Visit floridatoday.com/space at 8:00 a.m. ET Thursday, July 7, for real-time updates and live video.

For the latest, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.

Jamie Groh is a space reporter for Florida Today. You can contact her at JGroh@floridatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AlteredJamie.

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