SpaceX was forced to delay the launch of the NROL-85 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office on Friday and Saturday due to windy weather at the Vandenberg Space Force Base.
If the weather allows it the company announced that it’ll try to launch the rocket again at 6:13 a.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E).
While the nighttime launches are spectacular out at the base, they’re more difficult to see in daylight. It will probably be a distant contrail at best. If you’re interested, you can check out the live launch webcast starting about 15 minutes before liftoff.
The Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched the NROL-87 mission in February 2022. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will return and land on Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.