A Falcon 9 rocket built by SpaceX is scheduled to launch a collection of Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base. The launch will take place at Space Launch Complex-4 on South Base and is expected to occur between 11:47 a.m. on Monday and 4:07 a.m. on Tuesday. The specific launch time has not been announced by SpaceX as of Sunday night.
For Starlink missions, SpaceX has adopted a landing strategy where the first-stage booster is landed on a droneship in the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles off the Central Coast. This approach prevents sonic booms caused by the landing from causing disturbance in the Central Coast region.
Starlink, a project designed, manufactured, and launched by SpaceX, aims to provide internet service to remote and rural areas that have limited or no access to reliable land-based connectivity. It involves a constellation of thousands of satellites orbiting Earth to deliver internet access.
Those interested in watching the countdown can find updates on the X social media platform. In recent weeks, SpaceX has shifted its livestream broadcasts from YouTube to X. Both SpaceX and X are owned by Elon Musk. This change has resulted in lower video quality and fewer features, such as the ability to rewind during live broadcasts.
Apart from the Vandenberg launch, SpaceX also plans to launch another Falcon 9 rocket for a Starlink mission from Florida later this week.