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Thread for the Starlink 6-34 group launch.

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Launch 19 December 2023, at 04:01:00 UTC (18 December, 11:01 pm EST), from Canaveral SLC-40, on booster 1081-3.  The first stage successfully landed aboard A Shortfall of Gravitas.

Payload 23 Starlink V2 Mini satellites to 43 degree inclination orbit on a southeastern trajectory.  Initial orbit 285 x 293 km.

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1939-EX-ST-2023  Mission 1908 Starlink Group 6-34
[Launch NET October 20]
ASDS    North  25  41  37   West  75  5  42
Obvious (at least to me) from the get-go that launch would be NET December.

My bold, my corrections:
Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated December 1:
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The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on  December 2 1 at 11:00 p.m. EST or later. A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch on December 6 5 at 11:00 p.m. EST or later. Upcoming launches include more Starlink batches from pad 40. A Falcon Heavy will launch the seventh OTV X-37B spaceplane mission for the U.S. Space Force from pad 39A on December 10. The side boosters will land back at the Cape eight minutes after launch.

Launch window for Florida Starlink Group 6 December launches would therefore be 04:00 to 08:31 UTC:
Two NGA Space Debris notices (the same notice for two different Navigational Areas). No Rocket Launching notice yet.

Note that these are multi-launch notices which run through the end of December (which unfortunately makes it harder to know when future launches are scheduled).

Ignore the "CANCEL HYDROLANT 2683/23(35)" in the first notice. This is not a cancel-and-replace of a prior Space Debris notice. HYDROLANT 2683/23 is an unrelated notice which was sent out without an expiration date, so for some reason they chose to cancel it as part of this notice instead of sending out a standalone cancellation.

Quote from: NGA
261722Z NOV 23
HYDROLANT 2733/23(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   DAILY 0558Z TO 1027Z 02 THRU 31 DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL HYDROLANT 2683/23(35).
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 311127Z DEC 23.
Quote from: NGA
261722Z NOV 23
HYDROPAC 3743/23(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   DAILY 0558Z TO 1027Z 02 THRU 31 DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 311127Z DEC 23.



The SLC-40 Starlink mission following the out-of numerical order Starlink 6-32 launch is likely to launch in mid December, after Ovzon-3.  Assuming that SpaceX returns to launching its Florida Starlink Group 6's in ascending numerical order, this launch will be 6-34.  It is currently listed with launch NET December, from either Kennedy LC-39A or Canaveral SLC-40.

However, LC-39A will likely not be available due returning the ground support equipment to launch Falcon 9's.

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7317



Starlink 6-31 successfully launched on December 3 UTC, with the first stage landing aboard ASOG.

Starlink 6-33 should launch December 7 UTC, before the USSF-52 December 10 launch from LC-39A, with the first stage landing aboard JRTI.

Starlink 6-32 could launch circa December 11 UTC, directly after USSF-52, with the first stage landing aboard ASOG.  (4 day SLC-40 turnaround, 8 day ASDS turnaround)

Ovzon-3 is currently scheduled to launch from SLC-40 on December 14, with the first stage landing at LZ-1.  (Launch date also subject to change.)

Starlink 6-34 could launch circa December 18 or 19 UTC, with the first stage landing on either ASOG or JRTI.  (4 day SLC-40 turnaround, 8 day ASDS turnaround)

(Foul weather and sea states will break the perfect pattern: Murphy's Law.)
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NextSpaceflight, updated December 4:
Launch NET December 10

Starlink 6-32 skipped over again.

Edit/add: But, should it be NET December 11?
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NGA Rocket Launching notice for December 10 UTC. That's only three days after 6-33. (Are they really planning to turn the pad around in three days or did someone forget to take into account that 6-33 is postponed from December 6 to December 7 UTC.)

Quote from: NGA
050957Z DEC 23
NAVAREA IV 1409/23(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   100400Z TO 100831Z DEC, ALTERNATE
   0400Z TO 0831Z DAILY 11 THRU 16 DEC
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-39.00N 080-37.69W, 28-39.00N 080-28.00W,
      28-30.00N 080-10.00W, 28-24.00N 080-09.00W,
      28-21.00N 080-11.00W, 28-23.00N 080-19.00W,
      28-29.35N 080-32.49W.
   B. 26-15.00N 076-00.00W, 26-06.00N 074-58.00W,
      25-36.00N 074-03.00W, 25-23.00N 073-53.00W,
      25-09.00N 074-01.00W, 25-06.00N 074-16.00W,
      25-08.00N 074-38.00W, 25-18.00N 075-00.00W,
      25-58.00N 075-59.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 160931Z DEC 23.//

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NGA Rocket Launching notice for December 10 UTC. That's only three days after 6-33. (Are they really planning to turn the pad around in three days or did someone forget to take into account that 6-33 is postponed from December 6 to December 7 UTC.)

Yep, here's the cancel-and-replace NGA Rocket Launching notice postponing this launch from December 10 to December 11 UTC.

Quote from: NGA
051602Z DEC 23
NAVAREA IV 1412/23(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   110400Z TO 110831Z DEC, ALTERNATE
   0400Z TO 0831Z DAILY 12 THRU 17 DEC
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-39.00N 080-37.69W, 28-39.00N 080-28.00W,
      28-30.00N 080-10.00W, 28-24.00N 080-09.00W,
      28-21.00N 080-11.00W, 28-23.00N 080-19.00W,
      28-29.35N 080-32.49W.
   B. 26-15.00N 076-00.00W, 26-06.00N 074-58.00W,
      25-36.00N 074-03.00W, 25-23.00N 073-53.00W,
      25-09.00N 074-01.00W, 25-06.00N 074-16.00W,
      25-08.00N 074-38.00W, 25-18.00N 075-00.00W,
      25-58.00N 075-59.00W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA IV 1409/23.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 170931Z DEC 23.

Edit: I should have included for reference the two multi-launch Space Debris notices (the same notice for two different Navigational Areas), for which OneSpeed already included a map in his post below.

Quote from: NGA
261722Z NOV 23
HYDROLANT 2733/23(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   DAILY 0558Z TO 1027Z 02 THRU 31 DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL HYDROLANT 2683/23(35).
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 311127Z DEC 23.
Quote from: NGA
261722Z NOV 23
HYDROPAC 3743/23(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   DAILY 0558Z TO 1027Z 02 THRU 31 DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 311127Z DEC 23.
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Yep, here's the cancel-and-replace NGA Rocket Launching notice postponing this launch from December 10 to December 11 UTC.

Identical to 6-28, 6-29, 6-31 and 6-33. ASDS 630km downrange.

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Yep, here's the cancel-and-replace NGA Rocket Launching notice postponing this launch from December 10 to December 11 UTC.
Launch window overlaps OTV-7 launch window; two Falcon launches from Kennedy/Cape pads within hours, or even minutes, of each other.

Edit December 7: No.  But launches could be within less than 3 hours of each other.
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https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1732886501191471153

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Departure! ASOG droneship is underway from Port Canaveral for Starlink 6-34.

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My bold:
Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated December 7:
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The next SpaceX Falcon Heavy will launch the seventh OTV X-37B spaceplane mission for the U.S. Space Force from pad 39A on December 10 at 8:14 p.m. EST. The launch window stretches 10 minutes. The side boosters will land back at the Cape eight minutes after launch. A Falcon 9 will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on December 10 at 11:00 p.m. EST or later.
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Which first stage will be used for this launch (semi-rhetorical question)?

The May 16 press briefing revealed Falcon 9 first stages are now cleared for use up to twenty times for Starlink launches.  As of the Project 425 rideshare launch, non-Starlink launches apparently qualify as well.

1064.5 and 1065.5 are the Falcon Heavy side boosters for USSF-52.  They will be used next to launch Europa Clipper.

1072.1 is reserved for Cygnus NG-20.

1073.12 and 1076.10 may undergo modifications to become Falcon Heavy side boosters for a future launch, but both are currently available for "single-stick" launches.

1080.5 and 1081.3 may be held for use launching a human spaceflight mission, crew or cargo?

Available first stages, with UTC date of most recent recovery:
1060.18  Sep 24
1080.5    Oct 22
1058.19  Nov 4
1073.12  Nov 8
1081.3    Nov 10
1076.10  Nov 12
1069.12  Nov 18
1067.16  Nov 22 (maybe)

Edit November 11: It's B1081.3, skipping over four other available boosters: 1060.18, 1080.5, 1058.19, 1073.12.
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Cross-post:
https://twitter.com/starfleettours/status/1732954757843525940

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🚀 FALCON HEAVY LAUNCH VIEWING CHARTER LATEST UPDATE: Marine and launch weather forecasts are both unfavorable for Sunday’s evening launch. The Space Force predicts a 90% chance of precipitation, 60% probability of lightning, and the possibility of severe storms during the afternoon and evening hours.

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https://twitter.com/StarFleetTours/status/1732954759772946487
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🌊 Additionally, winds could gust up to 35 knots (≈40 mi/hr, ≈65 km/h) with waves reaching four to five feet high. Due to these conditions, a launch is unlikely as scheduled. It could also be unsafe to be out on the water.
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L-1 launch weather forecast, only 20% GO at start of window increasing at end to 50% GO

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https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp:

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SPACE-X STARLINK 6-34, CAPE CANAVERAL, FL
PRIMARY: 12/11 0400Z-0831Z
BACKUPS: 12/12 0400Z-0831Z
    12/14 0400Z-0831Z
    12/15 0400Z-0831Z
    12/16 0400Z-0831Z
    12/17 0000Z-0431Z

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https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp:

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SPACE-X STARLINK 6-34, CAPE CANAVERAL, FL
PRIMARY: 12/11 0400Z-0831Z
BACKUPS: 12/12 0400Z-0831Z
    12/14 0400Z-0831Z
    12/15 0400Z-0831Z
    12/16 0400Z-0831Z
    12/17 0000Z-0431Z

That last line appears to be an error. The NGA notice has 04:00-08:31 UTC for all seven days.

I'll repeat what I've said many times before: while useful, this information is advisory information air traffic controllers. It's unofficial, often incorrect, and even more often incomplete.

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https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp:

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SPACE-X STARLINK 6-34, CAPE CANAVERAL, FL
PRIMARY: 12/11 0400Z-0831Z
BACKUPS: 12/12 0400Z-0831Z
    12/14 0400Z-0831Z
    12/15 0400Z-0831Z
    12/16 0400Z-0831Z
    12/17 0000Z-0431Z

That last line appears to be an error. The NGA notice has 04:00-08:31 UTC for all seven days.

I'll repeat what I've said many times before: while useful, this information is advisory information air traffic controllers. It's unofficial, often incorrect, and even more often incomplete.

Looks like the launch has slipped to December 12 UTC/late 11th local:
SPACE-X STARLINK 6-34, CAPE CANAVERAL, FL
PRIMARY: 12/12 0400Z-0831Z
BACKUPS: 12/14 0400Z-0831Z
    12/15 0400Z-0831Z
    12/16 0400Z-0831Z
    12/17 0000Z-0431Z (sic)


EDIT: Space Launch Delta 45's newest weather forecasts confirms the delay.
New L-1 weather forecast: 85% 'Go' for December 11/12. 60% 'Go' for December 12/13. Upper-Level Wind Shear risk is Low-Moderate for both days. All other Additional Risk Criteria are Low.
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Obsolete information from CelesTrak for December 10/11.

https://twitter.com/TSKelso/status/1733967377141002511

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CelesTrak has pre-launch SupGP data for the #Starlink Group 6-34 launch from Cape Canaveral on 2023-12-11 at 04:00:40 UTC: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/table.php?FILE=starlink-g6-34. Deployment of 23 satellites at 05:06:10.200 UTC. Data for 7 backup launch opportunities also provided: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/.

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Updated launch opportunities:

https://twitter.com/TSKelso/status/1734095204138061956

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UPDATE #1: CelesTrak has pre-launch SupGP data for the #Starlink Group 6-34 launch from Cape Canaveral on 2023-12-12 at 04:05:20 UTC: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/table.php?FILE=starlink-g6-34. Deployment of 23 satellites at 05:10:50.200 UTC. Data for 6 backup launch times also provided: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/.
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