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It's launch day!
Here's what you need to know for today's SpaceX Starlink launch from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A:
• Liftoff is set to 19:26. The window remains open for two hours
• The weather forecast is 70% "go" at the launch pad.
Low wind at the launch pad is mentioned as a major problem.
Strong upper-level winds after takeoff and at sea that could disrupt SpaceX's chances of regaining the booster on a drone ship.
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• In the event of a delay to a similar time frame on Tuesday, conditions will improve to more than 90% "go".
• The launch is SpaceX's third launch of the year and the 35th for SpaceX's Starlink constellation. Read about the launch of the 34th batch of satellites earlier this month here.
• The company has launched about 2,000 of the satellites, but fewer than that - about 1,800 - are currently operational.
• SpaceX said its Starlink customer base was 145,000 worldwide, a marked jump from the 100,000 it had in August last year, but only an increase of 5,000 customers since November.
• SpaceX also told the Federal Communications Commission that supply chain problems had caused a global chip shortage and thus caused a delayed rollout to consumers.
• Internet service costs $ 99 per month after $ 499 in one-time equipment fees.
• Full coverage of the launch starts around noon. 6pm today at floridatoday.com/space and will feature in-depth coverage. Ask our space team reporter Emre Kelly questions and start a conversation. We will also be hosting a live webcast of the launch.
Rob Landers is a veteran multimedia journalist for the USA Today Network of Florida. Contact Landers at 321-242-3627 or email@example.com. Twitter: @ByRobLanders
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