SpaceX launches 49 Starlink satellites today: watch live
SpaceX is aiming to launch its next Starlink mission no earlier than Tuesday, January 18 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instant launch window will open at 7:04 PM EST (00:04 UTC on January 19).
The company will launch 49 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit on Falcon 9, a two-stage reusable rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX. A live webcast of this Starlink mission will begin approximately 15 minutes before liftoff.
After the stages separate, the company will land the Falcon 9 first stage on the A Shortfall of Gravitas drone, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
With more favorable weather conditions for liftoff and booster recovery, now targeting Tuesday, January 18 at 7:04 p.m. ET for the launch of Starlink satellites by Falcon 9 → https://t.co/bJFjLCzWdK
—SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 17, 2022
The launch was originally scheduled for Monday, January 17 at 7:26 p.m. ET, but weather conditions pushed the launch to Tuesday.
Last week, SpaceX launched its third dedicated SmallSat Rideshare program mission – Transporter-3 – from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. As part of the mission, the company launched 105 commercial and government spacecraft (including CubeSats, microsats, PocketQubes, and orbital transfer vehicles into orbit.