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Watch SpaceX launch 46 Starlink satellites from California on Thursday

SpaceX will launch 46 Starlink satellites into orbit on Thursday (July 21), and you can watch them try to break the live launch record.

The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, equipped with multiple Internet satellites, is due to lift off at 1:39 pm EST (10:39 local time or 5:39 pm GMT) from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. If SpaceX succeeds, the company will surpass its record 31 launches in 2021 with a 32nd launch in 2022, and that’s not all.

You can watch the entire launch sequence, including the attempted landing of the Falcon 9 first stage on SpaceX’s “Of course I still love you” unmanned craft in the Pacific Ocean, here on Space.com, or directly via SpaceX YouTube. (will open in a new tab) channel.

Related: Falcon 9: SpaceX’s workhorse

Coverage typically begins approximately 15–20 minutes prior to launch and all launch times are subject to change due to weather or technical issues.

Starlink’s last successful launch from Vandenberg took place on July 11, during which 46 Starlink satellites went into space and the first stage of the rocket landed on the drone 8.5 minutes after launch.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches at sunrise to deliver 53 Starlink internet satellites into orbit from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)

Most often, broadband satellites are sent into space from the Space Force base at Cape Canaveral in Florida. In fact, a few days ago on Sunday (July 17), SpaceX managed to launch Starlink on the East Coast.

Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite internet service, which includes over 2,800 Starlink satellites. (will open in a new tab) to date. Starlink Group 3-2 will be SpaceX’s fourth Starlink launch in July alone.

In the longer term, the company has received regulatory approval to put 12,000 Starlink satellites into orbit and has filed an application with an international regulator to send 30,000 more satellites after that.

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