Plans to release another large batch of SpaceX Starlink Internet Satellites On Thursday (September 3), you can watch the activity live.
A space X Falcon 9 rocket The top of the 60 Starlink spacecraft will launch EDT (1246 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:46 a.m. Thursday. According to the 45th U.S. Air Force Weather Squadron, the launch day has an 80% chance of good weather.
you can Watch the launch live Here Also on the Space.com homepage, attribution of SpaceX, or Directly through the company. SpaceX’s webcasts usually start 15 minutes before the lift. The company usually offers a special livestream with mission control audio.
SpaceX has already launched more than 600 satellites for StarLink, a broadband galaxy growing in low orbit. There are still many missions going on. Elon Musk’s company has permission to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites, and has applied for permission to launch 30,000 more.
SpaceX aims to land the first stage of the two-stage Falcon 9 on a “drone ship” in the Atlantic Ocean within 9 minutes after the liftoff.
The company has deployed one of the two boats equipped with the net to recover the payload fairing of the rocket, a two-piece protective nose cone orbiting the satellites during launch. It is not clear whether the net boat aims to halve halfway out of the sky or the equipment will catch fish from the sea.
SpaceX is regularly launched and confirmed in the early stages of the Falcon 9, and the company has recently begun to re-use payload fairings. Such recycling greatly reduces launch costs and turnaround time, so it has the potential to revolutionize space travel, Musk said.
The Starlink launch on Sunday (August 30) will be led by a Falcon 9 double header, and the second operation will be the evening liftoff of the SAOCOM-1B Earth-Observation Satellite. Bad weather prevented the Starling attempt on Sunday morning, but the sky was clear enough SAOCOM-1B to get off the ground Nine hours later.
SpaceX aims to launch the Starlink satellites on Tuesday (September 1), but the mission has been postponed for two more days for further reviews.
Mike Wall is the author of a book on the search for extraterrestrial life, “Out There Dear” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate). Follow him on Twitter @ michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter Spacedotcom or Facebook.