SpaceX Starlink Group 6-11 Launch

SpaceX plans to launch 22 Starlink V2 mini satellites into the Generation 2 Group 6 shell on 2023-08-27 at 01:05 UTC (this will be in the evening of August 26th in western hemisphere time zones). The launch will be from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The first stage booster, B1080, will be making its third flight, after a turnaround time of 57 days since its last mission. The operational orbit will be 530 km circular at 43°.

Weather is forecast [PDF] as 95% favourable for launch. SpaceX continues to use its flexible launch window schedule for this mission.

If needed, there are currently three additional launch opportunities starting at 9:56 p.m. ET (01:56 UTC) until 11:04 p.m. ET (03:04 UTC). Three backup opportunities are also currently available on Sunday, August 27 at 8:40 p.m. ET (00:40 UTC on August 28) until 10:21 p.m. ET (02:21 UTC).

Here is a pre-flight preview from Everyday Astronaut.


As I expected, SpaceX have decided to postpone the launch of Starlink 6-11 one day to provide more time between the launch of Crew-7 to the International Space Station and this Starlink launch. This has now been announced and I have updated the launch date and time in the main post accordingly.