SpaceX will launch 53 more of its Starlink internet satellites and land a rocket at sea today (August 19), and you can watch it all live.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with 53 starlink spacecraft is scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida today at 3:21 PM EDT (1921 GMT). Check it out here on Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly through the company (opens in new tab). Coverage begins approximately 5 minutes before launch.
The action includes both a landing and a launch: about nine minutes into the mission, the Falcon 9The rocket’s first stage returns to Earth for a vertical landing on the SpaceX drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.
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It will be the ninth launch and landing for this particular Falcon 9 first stage, according to a SpaceX mission description (opens in new tab).
The top stage of the rocket will continue its way up, eventually placing the 53 satellites in low Earth orbit just over 15 minutes after launch.
SpaceX has already launched over 3,000 spacecraft for its Starlink constellation, which broadcasts broadband services to customers around the world.
Many of those satellites went up this year. SpaceX has so far performed 36 orbital launches in 2022, 22 of which were dedicated Starlink missions. That’s a record-breaking launch frequency; the company’s previous figure for most orbital missions in a year was 31, set in 2021.
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