Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023
SpaceX Targets Launch of Falcon 9 carrying 23 Starlink Satellites

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Friday, November 3, to deploy 23 additional Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit. The launch will take place at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, with an intended liftoff time of 6:30 p.m. ET. There are multiple backup opportunities available, starting from 6:56 p.m. ET until 10:22 p.m. ET.

The launch will mark the 18th flight for the first stage booster, which has previously supported missions such as Crew Demo-2, ANASIS-11, CRS-21, Transporter-1, Transporter-3, and 12 Starlink missions. Upon separation, the first stage of the rocket will attempt to land on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, situated in the Atlantic Ocean.

The weather conditions for the launch are currently favorable, with an 80% probability of proceeding as scheduled.

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation aims to provide global broadband coverage from space. These small satellites are designed to form a network that will deliver high-speed and low-latency internet access across the globe, including remote and rural areas where connectivity is limited. As of now, SpaceX has already deployed over 1,700 Starlink satellites into orbit.

Through consistent rocket reuse and landing, SpaceX continues to push the boundaries of space technology, with the ultimate goal of creating a more cost-effective and sustainable space transportation system. The upcoming launch will further contribute to the expansion of the Starlink fleet, bringing us one step closer to a globally connected world.