SpaceX will launch 53 Starlink internet satellites early Thursday morning (February 2nd) and you can watch them live.
Ah falcon 9 Rocket topped with 53 star link The spacecraft is scheduled to take off Thursday at 2:43 am ET (0743 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Watch live here at Space.com. space xagain directly through the company (opens in new tab)Coverage is expected to begin approximately five minutes before launch.
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If all goes according to plan, Falcon 9’s first stage will make a vertical landing at sea on SpaceX’s A Shortfall of Gravitas drone about 8 minutes and 45 seconds after launch.
This will be the fifth takeoff and landing of this particular booster. SpaceX mission description (opens in new tab)The rocket also launched another large batch of Starlink satellites (the company didn’t say which ones, but there are many). SpaceX’s CRS-24 cargo mission international space station December 2021. Eutelsat’s Hotbird 13F telecom satellite in October 2022. OneWeb 1 flight in December 2022.
OneWeb 1 We sent 40 internet satellites into orbit for OneWeb. The London-based company inked launch deals with SpaceX and the commercial arm of India’s National Space Agency after a contract to fly on a Russian-made Soyuz rocket collapsed last year. Russian invasion of Ukraine.
SpaceX is currently launching two OneWeb missions.Second Take off on January 9.
Thursday’s launch, already the eighth of 2023 for SpaceX, will be the fourth of the year dedicated to Starlink, the company’s huge and growing broadband satellite constellation.
Space X launched Over 3,800 Starlink satellites (opens in new tab) to date. However, the company has permission to loft 12,000 of his internet his craft, and he’s applying for approval to deploy an additional 30,000 Starlink satellites.
All Starlink satellites to date have flown aboard Falcon 9 rockets, but this could change soon. Founder and CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk The company is primarily based on its huge Starship Vehicle for lofting large next-generation Starlink 2.0 spacecraft.
Starship is still in development, but may begin orbital test flights soon. probably by the end of February.
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