Mon. Oct 2nd, 2023
SpaceX Set to Launch 22 Starlink Satellites in Latest Mission

SpaceX is planning to launch 22 of its Starlink internet satellites into orbit in its latest mission. The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the Starlink spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Friday at 12:03 a.m. EDT. The launch can be watched live on SpaceX’s account on X.

However, the launch timing is subject to weather conditions. SpaceX is monitoring Hurricane Lee in the Atlantic Ocean, which could potentially impact the conditions for recovery operations. Recovery operations involve bringing the Falcon 9’s first stage safely back to Earth after launch.

Assuming favorable conditions, the booster will land approximately 8.5 minutes after liftoff on the SpaceX droneship, Just Read the Instructions, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. This particular booster has already successfully completed four previous launches and landings.

The deployment of the 22 Starlink satellites will occur approximately 65 minutes after launch from the Falcon 9’s upper stage.

This mission marks SpaceX’s 64th orbital mission of 2023 and more than half of these have been dedicated to expanding the Starlink megaconstellation. The Starlink network currently consists of over 4,700 operational satellites. With each launch, SpaceX continues to break its own record for the most liftoffs in a year. The previous record was set in 2022 with 61 launches.

Stay tuned for updates on the launch and successful deployment of the Starlink satellites as SpaceX continues to revolutionize global internet connectivity.