A Falcon 9 rocket soon will deliver another group of Starlink satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base. (SpaceX photo)
A Falcon 9 rocket, like this one from a July launch, soon will deliver another group of Starlink satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base.  (SpaceX photo)

The 12th Falcon rocket launch of 2022 from Vandenberg Space Force Base will carry another set of Starlink satellites into orbit on Friday.

Liftoff of the two-stage rocket built by Space Exploration Technologies will aim for 8:25 p.m. Friday from Space Launch Complex-4 on South Base. 

SpaceX confirmed Thursday morning the launch had slipped a day. Notices to mariners and pilots initially pinpointed the launch happening on Thursday evening. 

If the launch slips again, a Saturday liftoff attempt would occur at 8:11 p.m., according to SpaceX.

Starlink missions typically have an instantaneous window, or just one chance a day, to get off the ground to ensure the satellites get placed where they’re needed in space. 

The Falcon rocket will deliver dozens of small satellites for the SpaceX-led Starlink, a constellation of thousands of craft to provided internet service to remote areas across the globe.

The first-stage booster, making its 11th flight, likely will return to land on the drone ship in the Pacific Ocean several hundred miles away from Vandenberg. 

The SpaceX launch site can be seen from several spots around the Lompoc Valley, assuming the marine layer remains away from the coastline.

Popular viewing sites include the west end of Ocean Avenue, the peak of Harris Grade Road and several spots around Vandenberg Village.

So far this year, SpaceX has conducted eight other Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying Starlink satellites.

Two`others missions involved payloads for National Reconnaissance Office and yet another was for the German military. 

Since September 2021, 10 Falcon rockets have blasted off from Vandenberg with Starlink satellites helping build the constellation. Most of the Starlink satellites traveled to space from Florida.

After this week’s launch SpaceX will have at least one more mission when a Falcon rocket is scheduled to carry an international satellite into space next month.

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite’s trip to space will take place at 3:46 a.m. Dec. 12.

SWOT will be the first satellite mission to observe nearly all water on Earth’s surface, measuring the height of water in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, as well as the ocean. 

The mission involves a collaboration between NASA and the French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), with contributions from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the UK Space Agency.

SpaceX typically hosts a webcast, available at www.spacex.com or its YouTube channel, showing the final minutes of the countdown and post-launch milestones, with the show starting approximately 5 minutes before the planned launch and continuing for several minutes into the flight.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Janene Scully | Noozhawk North County Editor

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com.