(Update: Launched) SpaceX to send 56 Starlink satellites into orbit today: Watch live
SpaceX will be launching today a new batch of Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket with 56 Starlink internet satellites will lift off at 11:33 a.m. ET (15:33 UTC) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
Friday's launch will be SpaceX's 20th mission of 2023 so far. Last week, the company launched two Falcon 9 missions - a batch of 52 Starlink satellites and two telecommunication satellites of SES - within a span of about four hours.
The first stage booster launching today's mission previously supported two Starlink missions, CRS-22, Crew-3, Turksat 5B, Crew-4, CRS-25, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13G and mPOWER-a. Following stage separation, the rocket's first stage will return to Earth and land on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
You can watch a live webcast of this mission on SpaceX's website and social media channels. Live coverage will begin about five minutes prior to liftoff.
If needed, there are additional launch opportunities on the same day at 1:14 p.m. ET (17:14 UTC) and 2:55 p.m. ET (18:55 UTC). Additionally, backup opportunities are also available on Saturday, March 25.
Static fire test complete – targeting Friday, March 24 at 11:33 a.m. ET for Falcon 9’s launch of 56 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from SLC-40 in Florida → https://t.co/bJFjLCiTbK— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 23, 2023
Falcon 9 successfully launched the new batch of Starlink satellites into orbit, following which its first stage landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship. The mission lifted off at 11:43 a.m. ET (15:43 UTC) from SLC-40.
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