The launch is scheduled to take place at 1:12 am EDT (0512 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s launch complex 39A in Florida. SpaceX will also attempt to land the first stage of Falcon 9 aboard a ship immediately after liftoff. You can see all the action Live here on space.com, Courtesy of SpaceX, or Directly through the company. The broadcast must be live 15 minutes before or after the broadcast begins.
Friday’s launch will be SpaceX’s eighth Starlink liftoff this year, and the 10th such mission overall (11 if you launch two Starlink prototypes in February 2018). Is starlink A broadband planetarium undertaking SpaceX To bring satellite Internet access to people around the world, especially in underseated areas.
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SpaceX has already lost more than 500 Starlink satellites to date, but the constellation could carry out at least 12,000 craft until it runs out. Starlink has come under criticism from astronomers and dark-sky advocates, because the brightness of the satellites, especially soon after launch. SpaceX is Taking measures to reduce glare.
The reusable Falcon 9 rocket used in Friday’s launch will carry its fifth spacecraft. Earlier, the first phase of the Falcon 9 flew Demo-1 mission in 2019 (Which sent a crew crew dragon capsule to the International Space Station), A trio of satellites watching the earth To Canada, and two others Starlink mission Earlier in 2020.
In addition to the Starlink satellites, the mission will send two BlackSky satellites to Orbit under a Raffeshare agreement, including Safe Inc.
Has been launched Delayed late June Due to weather and technical issues.
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