SpaceX launch LIVE stream: Watch Elon Musk launch SpaceX’s 13th Starlink mission today
SpaceX’s ever-expanding mega constellation of Starlink satellites will grow by another 60 members today (September 18). The California-based company is scheduled to blast off later today, 10 days after the initial launch date was scrubbed. To date, SpaceX has already launched more than 700 of the internet-beaming satellites into orbit.
The Elon Musk firm aims to have at the very least 12,000 operational satellites at any one time.
The mega constellation will provide internet access to every corner of the globe, including those parts where terrestrial broadband access is non-existent.
Today’s launch will fly from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and NASA’s historic Launch Complex 39A.
The Falcon 9 rocket used on today’s mission has already been to space twice.
How to watch the SpaceX launch live stream today?
Courtesy of SpaceX, you can watch the high-octane action in the embedded video player above.
Simply hit play on the YouTube video about 20 to 15 minutes before liftoff.
Weather permitting, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 will take off at 3.22pm BST (10.22am EDT).
The launch was originally pencilled in for Friday, September 18, but poor weather scuppered the launch.
SpaceX tweeted: “Standing down from tomorrow’s launch of Starlink due to severe weather in the recovery area, which is likely to persist for a couple of days.
“Will announce a new target launch date once confirmed.”
After launching, the Falcon 9 booster stage will return to Earth and land on a remote droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX will also attempt to recover the rocket’s nose cone or payload fairing by cathing its two halves in large nets attached to two boats.
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SpaceX announced: “Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported launch of Crew Dragon’s first flight to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts onboard and the ANASIS-II mission.
“Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
“One of Falcon 9’s fairing halves supported two previous Starlink launches.”
The Starlink satellites will deploy into a preliminary orbit about one hour and one minute after liftoff.
But the mission is not without controversy, as astronomers have been raising concerns about the mega constellations.
As the satellites pass overhead, they can produce bright trains of reflected sunlight.
The problem is particularly prominent in nighttime long exposures that astronomers rely on for scientific studies.
The International Astronomical Union said in June last year: “We do not yet understand the impact of thousands of these visible satellites scattered across the night sky and despite their good intentions, these satellite constellations may threaten both.”
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