We are only a few days in 2020 and SpaceX is already preparing for the first launch of the year. On January 6, the workhorse Falcon 9 booster sends a batch of 60 Starlink satellites to orbit on low earth, part of the company's plans to deliver broadband internet around the world. If you want to watch the launch and landing live (launches are always exciting), you can do this as follows.
The launch has been delayed several times, but the Falcon 9 is now scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Monday at about 9:1
SpaceX has a live stream on its webcast page for every launch and this Starlink mission will be no different. We will post a YouTube link here when it becomes available.
The reusable Falcon 9 booster is on its fourth flight, which has flown once in 2018 and twice in 2019. If all goes well, about 10 minutes after the launch Return to Earth and land on the natural I Still Love You droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
but this is a particularly interesting addition for Starlink because it promises the total number of small vessels in orbit. bring as many as 180 satellites. The size of the constellation worries some astronomers because the reflective surfaces of the vessel using research quality telescopes.
Those issues have been addressed with SpaceX and the company plans to include a single satellite with a less reflective surface in Monday's launch batch, according to Space.com. A special coating on the bottom of Starlink satellites can reduce glare, but how this affects performance is currently unknown.
"We try [sic] by trial and error to find the best way to do this," Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX COO, told SpaceNews in December.