We are less than a week in 2020 and SpaceX is already preparing for the first launch of the year. On Monday, the workhorse Falcon 9 booster will send a batch of 60 Starlink satellites to orbit, part of the company's plans to deliver broadband internet around the world. If you want to watch the launch and landing live (landings are always exciting ), here's how you can do it.
The launch has been delayed several times, but the Falcon 9 is now scheduled to lift away from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at about 9:1
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 6:05 PM PT:
A backup launch window is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:57 PM ET, if needed.
The reusable Falcon 9 booster is on its fourth flight, which has flown once in 2018 and twice in 2019. Provided everything goes well, it returns to Earth about 10 minutes after launch and lands on the natural I Still Love You droneship, stationed in the Atlantic. Another SpaceX ship, Mrs. Tree, will try to find one of the Falcon 9 cockpit halves.
each orbit of the Earth in 2019, but this is a particularly interesting addition, as it promises the total number of small vessels in orbit. raise the Earth to 180 satellites. The size of the constellation worries some astronomers because the reflective surfaces of the craft with 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 unknown.
The company is doing "trial and error to find the best way to do this," Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX COO, told SpaceNews in December.
Originally published on January 4.
Update, January 6, 2:04 PM PT : Backup start information added.