SpaceX is set for a busy start to the week as it plans to launch another batch of its Starlink internet satellites. The aerospace company will use its trusted Falcon 9 rocket to deploy 22 more satellites into orbit. This launch is scheduled to take place on Monday morning from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
The launch window is expected to open at 1:33 a.m. EST on November 20. Those interested in witnessing this event can tune in to SpaceX’s account on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, to watch the live stream of the launch.
One noteworthy aspect of this mission is the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage attempt to land vertically on the drone ship named “Of Course I Still Love You,” stationed in the Pacific Ocean. This feat has been accomplished successfully 14 times before, including during previous Starlink launches and the NASA mission known as Double Asteroid Redirection Test.
Approximately 62.5 minutes after liftoff, the 22 Starlink satellites are set to be deployed into low Earth orbit. These satellites will form part of SpaceX’s ambitious plan to build a mega-constellation that aims to provide global broadband coverage. With this launch, SpaceX brings the total number of Starlink satellites currently in orbit to several hundred.
This mission wraps up a busy weekend for SpaceX, which has already seen the successful launch of 23 Starlink satellites from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Additionally, SpaceX conducted a test flight of its Starship system, as the company continues to push the boundaries of space exploration and technology.
The launch of these Starlink satellites not only reflects SpaceX’s dedication to advancing its satellite internet network but also showcases the company’s versatility in handling multiple launches over a short period. As SpaceX continues to revolutionize the space industry, the deployment of these satellites brings humanity a step closer to the goal of ubiquitous, high-speed internet access from anywhere on Earth.
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