SpaceX to launch 60 Starlink internet satellites. Here's how to watch live.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — will launch another big batch of into orbit for the company's burgeoning megaconstellation today (Sept. 17), and you can watch the action live online.
The California-based company is scheduled to loft 60 Starlink internet satellites on its workhorse from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida no earlier than 2:19 p.m. EDT (1819 GMT).
You can and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of SpaceX, beginning about 15 minutes before liftoff. You'll also be able to .
Today’s flight, referred to as Starlink 12 by SpaceX, is actually the 13th big batch of satellites the company has shot into space. However, the company has been systematically de-orbiting its initial batch of 60 satellites that were launched in May 2019. That’s because SpaceX always meant for that initial bunch to be a test series. Thus far, 26 of the original satellites have been deorbited, eight are in decaying orbits, and 26 are operational.
SpaceX hopes to provide high-speed internet access to users around the world through the Starlink megaconstellation. By using a small terminal (no larger than a laptop), users on the ground will be able to connect to the ever-growing network. SpaceX founder and CEO has said that the company needs to launch between 500 and 800 satellites in order to begin rolling out service.
To date, SpaceX has launched more than 700 of the internet-beaming satellites into orbit, in an effort to fill out its planned initial constellation of 1,440 spacecraft. SpaceX has already ...
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