SpaceX will shortly be launching a batch of Starlink satellites right now, December 18, utilizing a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
The launch shall be livestreamed and we’ve received the main points on how one can watch alongside at house.
The launch is scheduled for 4:41 a.m. PT, but when there are any points with the launch right now then there’s a backup alternative for launch tomorrow, Sunday December 19, at 1:03 a.m. PT.
As is typical for its launches, SpaceX will livestream the launch of the rocket in addition to details about the separation of the rocket phases and the eventual insertion of the Starlink satellites into orbit. There also needs to be video footage of the rocket’s first stage returning to Earth and being caught within the Pacific Ocean by one in every of SpaceX’s droneships.
You can watch alongside utilizing the video embedded above, or by heading to SpaceX’s YouTube channel. The livestream will start round quarter-hour earlier than the launch, in order that shall be at round 4:25 a.m. PT.
What to count on from the launch
SpaceX will use a Falcon 9 rocket for this launch, and as can be typical for the corporate, elements of the rocket are being re-used from earlier missions.
“The Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched Dragon’s first crew demonstration mission, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, SXM-7, and seven Starlink missions,” SpaceX wrote in a press release. “Following stage separation, the first stage will return to Earth and land on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.”
Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite tv for pc web service, which makes use of a community of satellites to permit broadband web protection even in distant areas. The program is at present in beta, with early-access clients in a position to use a fundamental model of the service. Today’s launch of 52 extra Starlink satellites will additional construct out the community.