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SpaceX to Launch 53 Starlink Internet Satellites, Ground Rocket on Saturday: Watch Live

SpaceX plans to launch and land the rocket on Saturday (May 14), the second such attempt in less than 24 hours.

A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carrying 53 SpaceX Starlink internet satellites is scheduled to lift off Saturday at 4:40 pm EDT (2040 GMT) from the Space Force Station at Cape Canaveral in Florida. If all goes according to plan, the rocket’s first stage will return to Earth and land at sea on a SpaceX drone. Just read the instructions about nine minutes after starting.

You can watch it all live here at Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly through the company.

Related: SpaceX Starlink Mega Constellation Launches in Photos

Saturday’s launch will be the second Starlink mission for SpaceX in as many days. Yesterday (May 13), a Falcon 9 launched 53 broadband spacecraft from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California and also landed in an unmanned craft off the coast of Baja California.

Yesterday’s launch and landing was the fifth for this particular Falcon 9 first stage. According to EverydayAstronaut.com, the rocket flying today is brand new with no previous space missions behind it.

Saturday’s launch will continue a very busy period for SpaceX; in 2022, the company has already launched 19 orbital flights, 12 of them dedicated to Starlink missions.

SpaceX has already launched over 2,500 Starlink satellites to date, but plans to launch more. According to documents filed by SpaceX, the next-generation version of the broadband mega-array could eventually contain up to 30,000 satellites.

Mike Wall is the author of Out There (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate) about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or on Facebook.

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