SpaceX is scheduled to launch 21 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit tonight at 11:57 p.m. The launch will take place from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base. In case of any delays or complications, there are a total of four backup opportunities available on Tuesday, September 12, between 12:48 a.m. and 3:20 a.m. Additionally, there are five more backup opportunities on Wednesday, September 13, starting at 12:26 a.m. until 3:49 a.m.
This launch marks the 15th flight for the first stage booster, which will support the mission. The booster has previously been used for various missions, including Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, Transporter-4, Transporter-5, Globalstar FM15, ISI EROS C-3, and five Starlink missions.
Starlink is a satellite constellation by SpaceX designed to provide global broadband coverage. The constellation aims to deliver high-speed internet access to underserved areas around the world. With each launch, the Starlink constellation grows closer to achieving its goal of global coverage.
SpaceX continues to make advancements in its reusable rocket technology. By reusing the first stage boosters, the company aims to reduce the cost of space travel and make it more accessible to a wider range of customers. This approach also helps reduce space debris by avoiding the need to discard first stage boosters after every launch.
Stay tuned for updates on the launch and further progress of the Starlink constellation.