April 19, 2024

SpaceX will launch 49 Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket today. Watch it live!

You can also view the launch straight by means of SpaceX and on YouTube.Related: SpaceXs most-flown Falcon 9 rocket is a sooty veteran after 10 launches and landings (images) A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, on May 26, 2021. (Image credit: SpaceX) Thursdays flight will mark the first Falcon 9 objective for SpaceX so far in 2022 after it set a brand-new company record for the most number of rocket launches in a year with 31 rockets introduced in 2021. Next week, on Jan. 13, that rocket will introduce the Transporter 3 mission, a rideshare venture for SpaceX, where its workhorse rocket will bring dozens of small satellites for a variety of customers. That mission is slated to be SpaceXs next launch from Cape Canaveral after the Transporter 3 mission.Thursdays flight likewise continues SpaceXs effort to release its newly updated Starlink web satellites. Related: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket on record 11th flight bring 52 Starlink satellitesAhead of Thursdays launch, SpaceX rolled out the Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday afternoon to start its last launch preparations.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.– SpaceX is preparing to launch its very first rocket of 2022 on Thursday night (Jan. 6) and you can enjoy the action live online. The personal spaceflight company will introduce a stack of 49 Starlink satellites on among its previously flown Falcon 9 rockets. (The company is expected to verify the variety of satellites more detailed to liftoff.) The objective is set to launch at 4:49 p.m. EST (2149 GMT) from Pad 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center, here in Florida, with a backup time of 6:47 p.m. EST (2347 GMT), in case of bad weather condition or other technical delays. You can watch the launch reside in the window above and on the Space.com homepage, thanks to SpaceX. Live coverage will start about 15 minutes prior to liftoff. You can likewise view the launch directly via SpaceX and on YouTube.Related: SpaceXs most-flown Falcon 9 rocket is a sooty veteran after 10 launches and landings (images) A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, on May 26, 2021. (Image credit: SpaceX) Thursdays flight will mark the first Falcon 9 mission for SpaceX so far in 2022 after it set a brand-new company record for the most variety of rocket launches in a year with 31 rockets released in 2021. (That record was formerly set in 2020, with SpaceX introducing 26 Falcon 9 rockets.) SpaceX is continuing with that momentum going into the brand-new year. As such, we might see several rockets launched in January, as the company tries to keep up its quick launch cadence. Generally, SpaceX launches most of its Starlink satellites from its centers at Cape Canaveral Space Force station, but theres another Falcon 9 rocket currently sitting there on Pad 40. Next week, on Jan. 13, that rocket will release the Transporter 3 objective, a rideshare venture for SpaceX, where its workhorse rocket will bring lots of small satellites for a variety of consumers. As the name recommends, it will be the third devoted rideshare mission that SpaceX has released. (Transporter 1 and 2 both launched in 2021.) It will also mark the 34th devoted Starlink objective to date. Set up to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket this month is the Italian area agencys COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG 2) radar reconnaissance satellite. That mission is slated to be SpaceXs next launch from Cape Canaveral after the Transporter 3 mission.Thursdays flight also continues SpaceXs effort to introduce its newly updated Starlink internet satellites. As part of an effort to make satellite operations more efficient, the company just recently improved its satellites with the capability to communicate with each other by means of laser links. This will likewise lower their reliance on ground stations here on Earth.If successful, the flight could bring the overall number of Starlink satellites released to nearly 2,000, as it works to fill its planned orbital shells. The company has approval for as numerous as 30,000 of the broadband satellites, and could prepare to release much more. Related: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket on record 11th flight bring 52 Starlink satellitesAhead of Thursdays launch, SpaceX rolled out the Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday afternoon to start its last launch preparations. Often this consists of a static fire test of the rockets 9 Merlin 1D engines to ensure everything remains in order ahead of the flight. SpaceX prepares to let this one fly without its typical prelaunch test fire, something it has actually done progressively regularly just recently. In any case, the Falcon is on the pad, poised and all set to fly. Weather condition forecasters at the 45th Space Delta have actually anticipated an 80% opportunity of favorable weather for launch, with the only issue being the potential for cumulus cloud formation. Following an effective liftoff, the Falcon 9 is slated to touch down on the deck of SpaceXs most recent drone ship, “A Shortfall of Gravitas.” Follow Amy Thompson on Twitter @astrogingersnap. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook..