SpaceX is planning to launch 23 additional Starlink internet satellites into orbit from Florida. The launch is scheduled to take place tonight from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will lift off during a nearly four-hour window that opens at 11:01 p.m. EDT. The entire live event can be watched through SpaceX’s account on X (formerly known as Twitter), starting approximately five minutes before the launch window opens.
After the launch, the Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt to make a vertical landing on the drone ship called “A Shortfall of Gravitas,” stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. This will be the 15th launch and landing for this particular booster, which has previously been used for six other Starlink flights as well as two astronaut missions to the International Space Station for NASA.
Approximately 8.5 minutes after liftoff, the 23 Starlink satellites will be deployed from the Falcon 9’s upper stage into low Earth orbit.
SpaceX has been extremely active lately, with multiple launches and missions taking place. Prior to this upcoming launch, SpaceX recently launched 23 Starlink satellites, conducted the second test flight of its new Starship rocket, and launched 22 more Starlink satellites.
The Starlink satellite constellation aims to provide global broadband coverage, offering high-speed internet access to even the most remote areas of the world. With this launch, SpaceX will continue to expand its fleet of satellites and work towards achieving global connectivity.