Watch SpaceX launch 51 Starlink Internet satellites on January 10
SpaceX plans to launch another large batch of its Starlink Internet satellites into orbit on Tuesday (Jan. 10), and you can watch the action live.
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 51 SpaceXs Starlink internet satellites is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Tuesday at 11:02 p.m. EST (8:02 p.m. local California time; 0402 GMT on Jan. 11). The launch was originally scheduled for Monday evening (January 9), but SpaceX canceled that attempt due to bad weather.
If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9 first stage will return Soil just under nine minutes after liftoff, he landed on the SpaceX droneship Of Course I Still Love You, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
It will be the ninth launch and landing for this particular booster, according to EverydayAstronaut.com (opens in new tab).
The Falcon 9 upper stage, meanwhile, will take the Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit, deploying them all 51 29 minutes after launch. according to a SpaceX mission description (opens in new tab).
Starlink is SpaceX’s broadband constellation, which currently consists of more than 3,300 operational satellites (opens in new tab).
That number keeps increasing, as Tuesday’s scheduled launch shows, and could eventually become truly mind-blowing. SpaceX has permission to launch 12,000 Starlink spacecraft and has applied for permission to deploy nearly 30,000 more.
Starlink’s launch will be SpaceX’s second in two days, if all goes according to plan. A Falcon 9 too 40 OneWeb internet satellites launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Monday night (Jan. 9).
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 10:50 PM ET on January 9 with the new launch time of 12:35 PM EST. It was updated again at 12:15 a.m. ET on Jan. 10 with the news that SpaceX decided to stop the attempt on Monday evening/Tuesday morning (opens in new tab) because of the bad weather.
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