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Watch how SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites and landed a rocket in the sea today

SpaceX will launch 53 more of its Starlink internet satellites and land a rocket in the sea today (August 19) and you can watch it all live.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 53 Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from the Space Force Station at Cape Canaveral in Florida today at 3:21 pm EDT (19:21 GMT). Watch it here on Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly through the company. (will open in a new tab). Coverage will begin approximately 5 minutes before the start.

The action will include landing as well as takeoff: approximately nine minutes into the mission, the Falcon 9’s first stage will return to Earth for a vertical landing on SpaceX’s A Shortfall of Gravitas unmanned craft, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. off the coast of Florida.

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According to the SpaceX mission description, this will be the ninth launch and landing for this particular Falcon 9 first stage. (will open in a new tab).

The upper stage of the rocket will continue its upward journey, eventually placing 53 satellites into low Earth orbit just over 15 minutes after launch.

SpaceX has already launched more than 3,000 spacecraft for its Starlink constellation, which provides broadband services to customers around the world.

Many of these satellites have risen this year. So far, SpaceX has completed 36 orbital launches in 2022, 22 of them dedicated to Starlink missions. This is a record launch frequency; The company’s previous milestone for orbital missions per year was 31, set in 2021.

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