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How to watch SpaceX launch more than 100 satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket today



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SpaceX shared this scenic view of a Falcon 9 awaiting launch.

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SpaceX will transform one of its Falcon 9 rockets into the space equivalent of a crowded Uber when it launches its Transporter-1 ride-share mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, as soon as Sunday. The payload for this mission includes a plethora of small government and commercial entities satellites, along with 10 of SpaceX’s proprietary Starlink broadband satellites.

We learned on Thursday that the shipment will include 48 SuperDove satellites for Planet Labs, bringing the total to a record 133 satellites in a single launch.

SpaceX has confirmed the total number of satellites in the ride-share payload. There was some last-minute shift after two DARPA satellites were accidentally damaged at a processing facility earlier this month. The Starlink satellites were also a last minute addition. The payload includes several small spacecraft from Nanoracks and more from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the US Department of Defense, and many others.

The launch was originally scheduled for December, but has been delayed a handful of times, including from Saturday, when it again pushed it back to Sunday.

The Falcon 9 booster is making its fifth flight and is expected to land on a droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after the flight. SpaceX will also likely try to restore the fairing or nose cone, a move that will become a more routine part of every mission.

The launch is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) with a 22-minute launch window. The entire mission will be livestreamed by SpaceX as usual. You can start below about 10 minutes before launch.

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