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Watch SpaceX’s second attempt to launch 46 Starlink satellites from California on Friday

SpaceX will make a second attempt to launch 46 satellites on Friday (July 22) and you can watch the potentially record-breaking action live.

The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket that caused a collision with a T-46 on Thursday (July 21) is due to lift off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Friday. Launch is scheduled for 13:39 EDT (1739 GMT or 10:39 local time at the launch pad) and you can watch it here on Space.com or directly via YouTube SpaceX. (will open in a new tab) channel.

If SpaceX is indeed successful in sending this Starlink cluster into orbit, the company will surpass its record 31 launches in 2021 with a 32nd in 2022, and that’s not all.

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Typically, the company turns on the broadcast about 15 minutes before launch and shows a Falcon 9 first stage landing attempt on an unmanned ship in the Pacific, in this case a ship called “Of Course I Still Love You.”

SpaceX last launched a set of Starlink satellites from Vandenberg on July 11. Then another set of 46 Starlink satellites were sent into space, and the rocket successfully landed on the drone.

SpaceX has launched many more batches of Starlink from the US East Coast, most recently from Cape Canaveral Space Force Base in Florida on Sunday (July 17).

The Falcon 9 rocket with Starlink satellites launched on July 17, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)

Starlink has over 2800 individual Starlink satellites. (will open in a new tab) launched into orbit as the company seeks to expand its satellite internet service. Group 3-2, if launched successfully, would be SpaceX’s fourth Starlink launch in July alone.

SpaceX aims to quickly build a constellation. It has regulatory approval to send 12,000 Starlink spacecraft into orbit. After that, the company also asks the international regulator to approve 30,000 satellites.

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