It is time for another flying Falcon 9 to deliver a fifth batch Starlink satellites for an orbit around SpaceX. On Monday, 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 ̵
After a 24-hour delay, a Falcon 9, with 60 Starlink satellites, will take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at approximately 10: 05:00 ET (7:05 AM PT) on Monday February 17.
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.
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 probably starts around 9:50 PM ET 15 minutes before launch.
The mission will bring the total number of Starlink satellites orbiting the Earth to around 300. That's still a drop in the cosmic pond compared to the ambitions of SpaceX, which could see up to 12,000 Starlink orbits – or maybe even 30,000 more in addition.
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.
Originally published on February 15
Update, February 16: Adds launch delay to Monday, new time.