CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Spacex will launch a new set of Starlink internet satellites into space on Wednesday (April 28) and you can watch it all live.
The Hawthorne, California-based company will upload a full 60-person stack. Starlink companions on their workhorse Rocket Falcon 9, which launches from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station here in Florida at 11:44 pm ET (0344, April 29 GMT).
You will be able to watch the launch live here and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of SpaceX, starting approximately 15 minutes prior to launch. you also can watch the launch directly through SpaceX…
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The Wednesday night flight, called Starlink 24, is the 12th mission of 2021 and the company’s 25th overall flight for the burgeoning internet service.
SpaceX’s goal is to provide high-speed Internet access to users around the world through its mega-constellation Starlink. The service will be especially useful for those who live in rural or remote areas, where there is practically no communication.
To date, SpaceX has launched more than 1,440 satellites required to fill up according to the original plan. The company is already actively testing a space-based internet service and plans to do a full commercial rollout later this year.
Potential users can make a small deposit by signing up for the service right now through The site of the company… However, it may take several months before the actual service becomes available.
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This launch will mark the 115th flight of SpaceX’s 229-foot Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The launch vehicle for this mission is a six-time Falcon 9 first stage veteran, designated B1060. This frequent flyer had an upgraded GPS satellite for the US Space Force, a communications satellite for Turkey, and five Starlink missions.
If all goes according to plan, about nine minutes after liftoff, the B1060 will land on one of SpaceX’s two drones – “Just read the instructions.” If successful, this will mark the 81st year of the first stage booster rebuilding since the company launched its first booster in December 2015.
Weather forecast looks favorable for Wednesday night launch, weather forecasters from 45th Meteorological Squadron predict 80% chance favorable launch conditions. The only issue of concern is the takeoff wind. (If necessary, there is a reserve day on Thursday and the weather looks just as promising.)
SpaceX will continue the tradition restoration of the Falcon 9 payload fairing, or nose cone, during today’s mission, collecting the cones after they fall to Earth in two pieces.
In an effort to reuse more of its rockets, SpaceX has equipped every piece of protective equipment with navigation software and a parachute system to return to Earth for soft water landings.
SpaceX’s newest member of the rescue fleet, Shelia Bordelon, will be on site in the recovery area to retrieve the fairings from the ocean.
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