Get ready to rumble Thursday afternoon.

Aerospace company SpaceX is targeting to launch its 13th batch of Starlink communication satellites atop its Falcon 9 rocket no earlier than 2:17 p.m. Thursday from Kennedy Space Center pad 39A.

Weather is currently 60% “go” for the Thursday attempt with the primary concern being rain showers and thunderstorms, according to the 45th Weather Squadron.

“The remnants of (Hurricane) Sally will turn towards the east and move slowly through central Alabama and Georgia Wednesday and Thursday, bringing significant clouds and moisture into northern Florida,’ according to the 45th Weather Squadron. “The primary launch weather concerns for a Thursday afternoon attempt are the Cumulus and Anvil cloud rules associated with the afternoon convection and the added moisture and instability from Sally.”

In the event of a delay, weather drops to 40% “go” for a Friday attempt due to Hurricane Sally moving eastward and bringing more storms to the Space Coast.

Upon success of this mission, SpaceX will have close to 800 Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit, a significant step as the aerospace company aims to begin public beta testing in North America for the internet constellation later this year.

The ultimate goal is to have tens of thousands of Starlinks providing internet connection to those living in rural, underserved communities around the world, and to also help fund CEO Elon Musk’s dream of sending humans to live on Mars.

Pending a successful launch on Thursday, United Launch Alliance may attempt to launch its Delta IV Heavy rocket Friday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 37.

Two earlier attempts were tried last month but were forced to scrub due to technical issues.

CEO Tory Bruno said last week via Twitter teams found the root problem and were working to resolve it with a new launch date set no earlier than Sept. 18. 

Contact Antonia Jaramillo at 321-242-3668 or antoniaj@floridatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AntoniaJ_11.

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