Sun. Dec 3rd, 2023
SpaceX Launching 23 Starlink Satellites

On Friday, SpaceX is scheduled to launch 23 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch window will open at 6:30 p.m. ET, with backup opportunities available until 10:22 p.m. ET. The weather conditions are expected to be favorable for launch, with an 80% chance of good conditions. If there is a delay, additional backup opportunities are available on Saturday, Nov. 4.

This launch will use the Falcon 9 rocket, with its first-stage booster, B1058, which has already completed 17 successful missions. After stage separation, the booster is intended to land on the droneship named A Shortfall of Gravitas, which will be positioned in the Atlantic Ocean.

The mission, known as Starlink 6-26, aims to deploy 23 satellites into low-Earth orbit. These satellites, owned by SpaceX’s Starlink company, will join the existing network of satellites orbiting Earth and provide internet services to users around the globe. Currently, there are approximately 5,011 Starlink satellites in orbit, with 4,982 in working order and 4,423 in operational orbit.

The deployment of these additional satellites will contribute to the ongoing expansion of the Starlink network and its mission to provide global internet coverage. With each launch, SpaceX brings us closer to achieving reliable and accessible internet connectivity for communities worldwide.