Update at 11 am ET: SpaceX has delayed its next Starlink mission to Jan. 30, a one-day delay, to allow extra time to check the damage. Liftoff is now set for Monday, Jan. 30, 11:34 am EST (8:34 am PST, 1634 GMT).
SpaceX plans to send another Starlink satellite into orbit on Monday (Jan. 30), and you can watch the action live.
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Starlink 49 spacecraft is scheduled to lift off Monday from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base at 11:34 am EST (1634 GMT; 8:34 am local California time).
Watch live here on Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly through the company (Opens in a new tab). Coverage is expected to begin approximately five minutes prior to launch.
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If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9 first stage will return to Earth 8.5 minutes after liftoff touch down on the SpaceX I Still Love You spacecraft, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.
It will be the seventh launch and approach to this particular course, according to SpaceX’s mission description (Opens in a new tab).
The rocket’s upper stage will continue carrying 49 Starlink spacecraft to low Earth orbit, all deploying one hour and 17 minutes after launch.
SpaceX has already launched nearly 3,800 Starlink satellites (Opens in a new tab)and the huge constellation will continue to grow for some time: the company has a license to erect 12,000 Internet spaces and has applied for approval to develop about 30,000 more on top of them.
The moon landing will be the seventh of the year already for SpaceX, and the third Starlink mission of 2023. Although it is still very early, Elon Musk’s company is on pace to break the one-year record of 61 orbital launches, which it set last year. .
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11:10 am ET on January 29 with the new launch on January 30. Liftoff before Jan 29 It had been scheduled, but SpaceX postponed the event to a date. complete the prelaunch checkouts (Opens in a new tab).
Mike Wall is the author of “There you go (Opens in a new tab)” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018, illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall (Opens in a new tab). Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (Opens in a new tab) or * Facebook (Opens in a new tab).
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