SpaceX plans to launch another batch of Starlink broadband satellites into orbit on Sunday (January 29), and you can watch the event live.
If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9 first stage will return to Earth 8.5 minutes after liftoff to land on SpaceX’s Of Course I Still Love You drone, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast.
This will be the seventh launch and landing of this particular booster, according to A SpaceX mission description (Opens in a new tab).
The rocket’s upper stage will go on to carry 49 Starlink spacecraft into low Earth orbit, deploying all of them 1 hour and 17 minutes after launch.
SpaceX has already launched Approximately 3,800 Starlink satellites (Opens in a new tab)And the massive constellation will continue to grow for a while: The company has permission to loft 12,000 spacecraft online and has applied for approval to deploy about 30,000 more on top of that.
Sunday’s liftoff will already be the seventh of the year for SpaceX, and the third for the Starlink mission of 2023. Although it’s still very early days, Elon Musk’s company is well on its way to breaking the one-year record. 61 orbital launchesset last year.
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