cleaning! SpaceX postpones Falcon 9 launch to Sunday afternoon from Cape

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Scroll down for the FLORIDA TODAY Space Team's live coverage of Saturday's cleaned-up SpaceX Starlink launch attempt from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

After a two-hour delay, SpaceX announced that it is now targeting 4:34 PM EST on Sunday to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on the Starlink 6-39 mission from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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Updated at 7:05 p.m.: SpaceX has canceled the launch attempt tonight. No further information was revealed about the cause.

Takeoff is now scheduled for 4:34pm on Sunday, with backup opportunities available if needed until 8:34pm.

Update 6:33 p.m.: If tonight's Falcon 9 launch is cancelled, SpaceX has announced that more opportunities are available starting at 4:34pm on Sunday.

Updated 5:39 p.m SpaceX has once again pushed back its target date for tonight's liftoff, according to the company's website.

Now, the launch is scheduled to take place at 8:59 p.m., four hours later than originally announced.

Update 5:27 p.m.: Brevard County Emergency Management officials have activated the agency's launch support team ahead of the upcoming SpaceX Falcon 9 launch.

Update 5:07 p.m.: Assuming tonight's Falcon 9 launch goes as planned, a new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency navigation warning indicates SpaceX will target its next Starlink window on Wednesday — not Tuesday, as initially planned.

Launch hours on Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 2:31 p.m

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SpaceX has not yet publicly announced the Starlink 6-40 mission.

Update 4:36 p.m.: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex officials will now close the attraction at 5 p.m., as SpaceX officials pushed back the original target time for liftoff of 4:59 p.m.

SpaceX postpones liftoff to 6:41 p.m

Update 3:40 p.m.: SpaceX delayed its target liftoff time by more than an hour and a half, from 4:59 p.m. to 6:41 p.m.

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