SpaceX will launch around 50 satellites into orbit this afternoon. Elon Musk’s company plans to transcribe everything live.
A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket surmounted by 46 SpaceX Starlink broadband satellites is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Monday at 3:44 p.m. (Paris time). You can follow it all live here, at the bottom of this article.
The SpaceX webcast will begin approximately 15 minutes before launch. SpaceX originally planned to launch the mission on Sunday, but delayed it by a day due to bad weather.
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Follow the takeoff of 46 Starlink satellites live
Major new launch for SpaceX today. Elon Musk’s company is therefore preparing to launch 49 Starlink satellites in the middle of the afternoon, and to transcribe everything live. About nine minutes after liftoff, Falcon 9’s first stage will return to Earth for a vertical landing in the Atlantic Ocean, a few hundred miles off the coast of Florida.
This Monday will be the 11th launch (and landing) of the first stage of this Falcon 9 rocket, setting a new “reuse record” for SpaceX. The booster previously launched Crew Demo-2, ANASIS-II, CRS-21, Transporter-1, Transporter-3 and five Starlink missions. After the stages separate, SpaceX will land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
As a reminder, in total, SpaceX has the authorization to launch 12,000 Starlink vehicles. The company has also sought permission from an international regulator to go up to another 30,000. The last mission, however, had encountered serious problems due to a solar flare, which had triggered a geomagnetic storm here on Earth.