It is time for another flying Falcon 9 to deliver a fifth batch Starlink satellites for an orbit around SpaceX. On Sunday morning, the SpaceX workhorse rocket will add 60 satellites to the fast-growing constellation. The but as more people are placed in orbit, and their ability to cosmos. influence studying.
Nevertheless, the pioneering space company of Elon Musk is ready to send them on ̵
The Falcon 9 is scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at approximately 10:25 am ET (7:25 pm PT) on Sunday, February 16. It will be the fourth launch this year for SpaceX, the fifth overall for Starlink and the fourth for this specific Falcon 9 rocket booster.
The weather is largely favorable at this point, with only a 10% chance that the launch will be canceled due to clouds.
SpaceX has a live stream on its webcast page for every launch and this Starlink mission will be no different. You can watch the YouTube stream below, which starts at about 10 am ET. We will place a link here when it becomes available.
The backup launcher window will open 24 hours later, if necessary.
The mission will orbit the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit around 300. That is still a drop in the cosmic pond compared to the ambitions of SpaceX, which could see up to 12,000 Starlink satellites in orbit – and maybe even 30,000 more on top.
that the satellites could obscure their view of space, making it harder to study distant stars, planets, and radio signals. In a previous mission, SpaceX launched an experimental Starlink satellite – "DarkSat" – with a coating designed to make it less reflective and intrusive. However, the dark coating allows the satellite to absorb more heat from the sun and eventually fail, and it remains unclear whether the approach can work.