SpaceX will launch another big batch of Starlink satellites into orbit for the company’s booming mega-stellation today (September 17), and you can watch the action live online.
The California-based company is expected to install 60 Starlink Internet satellites on its Falcon 9 rocket workhorse from Station 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida no earlier than 17 at 2:19 p.m. local time from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
The Falcon 9 rocket used in this launch has several parts that have already been used for previous flights. This is the case of the first floor, which participated in the first Crew Dragon flight to the International Space Station (where two NASA astronauts were on board) and the Anasis-II mission. A half fairing protecting the payload was also used during two Starlink missions.
SpaceX plans to land the first stage of the rocket on a ship with a suitable platform. The ship will be off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic.
If you are still thinking of what to do with your night out, you could follow SpaceX’s new Starlink mission. The US aerospace company is planning its Falcon 9 rocket to take off in September. The shot will being streamed on SpaceX’s official website, as well as its YouTube channel.
SpaceX is planning to offers high-speed internet access to users worldwide through the Starlink mega-constellation using a small terminal (no larger than a laptop). Ground users will be able to connect to the ever-expanding network with their electronic gadget. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said the company needs to launch between 500 and 800 satellites to begin deploying the service.
To date, SpaceX has put more than 700 Internet broadcast satellites into orbit, to fill its initial planned constellation of 1,440 spacecraft. SpaceX has already started testing its space Internet service speed, and the initial data looks promising. Company engineers said the data collected so far indicates that the service will offer fast download speeds, allowing users to stream multiple HD movies simultaneously.
Today’s launch marks the 94th flight of SpaceX’s two-layer Falcon 9 rocket. The expected launch will include the first phase of the Falcon 9 veteran B1051, which has 5 flights to his name. This frequent flyer previously launched three separate Starlink flights and three Earth observation satellites on Demo-1 for Canada and the Crew Dragon DragonX spacecraft. This was a crewless test flight to the International Space Station in March 2019.