SpaceX set for Sunday satellite launch from KSC

By Ashley Carter, Digital Media Producer
Last Updated: Saturday, July 01, 2017, 10:34 PM EDT

SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Sunday.

  • Falcon 9 rocket to carry Intelsat 35e satellite
  • 58-minute launch window opens at 7:36 p.m.
  • RELATED: Launch schedule

If all goes according to plan, the rocket will lift off at 7:36 p.m. from Pad 39A. It will be carrying the Intelsat 35e communications satellite, which weighs 15,000 pounds, into orbit. The satellite will provide services to the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.

SpaceX will not attempt a landing of the Falcon 9’s first stage due to the heavy payload.

The forecast for Sunday calls for thunderstorms and lingering cumulus clouds. According to the 45th Weather Squadron, there’s a 40 percent chance of “Go” launch conditions. A backup launch window is set for Monday, if there's a delay.

Sunday will mark SpaceX’s third launch in a 10-day span.

The most recent launch on the Space Coast was June 23, when a Falcon 9 launched a Bulgarian satellite from KSC.