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



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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 Saturday.

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, reportedly the total at a record 133 satellites in a single launch.

SpaceX itself has not yet confirmed the official number of satellites in the ride-share payload. There has been some last-minute shifts 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 few times.

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 6:40 a.m. PT (9:40 a.m. ET). The entire mission will be livestreamed by SpaceX as usual. You can follow below about ten minutes before the launch.

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