Sunday’s SpaceX launch visible throughout the Outer Banks
On Sunday, January 15, at 5:56 p.m., the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched its USSF-67 mission to a geosynchronous Earth orbit from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the Sunday evening display was visible throughout the Outer Banks.
The USSF-67 mission was the first national security mission of 2023 and marked the Falcon Heavy’s fifth flight since it made its initial debut in 2018. The Falcon Heavy launched again in April 2019 and June 2019, sending operational satellites into space on both missions, and the rocket was most recently launched in November 2022 on another national security mission, USSF-44.
There have been a number of recent SpaceX launches visible from Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands in the past few months. In September 2022, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully launched a batch of Starlink satellites, and a similar mission also occurred on December 17, 2022. Both of these missions also originated in the Cape Canaveral region of Florida.
More information on upcoming and past launches by SpaceX can be found online at https://www.spacex.com/launches/.