SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. To achieve this high goal, 60 satellites . Now he has to wait at least 24 hours.
The mission Starlink is expected to put these first 60 Internet satellites into orbit on Thursday after the upper-level winds delayed the original launch for Wednesday night. The successful launch of Starlink paves the way for a mega constellation that will eventually see over 1
The startup window, which should open at 19:30. PT and close at 21.00 PT on 16 May.
As for SpaceX, the company will attempt to land the Falcon 9 booster on a drone ship known as "Of course, I still love you" floating in the Atlantic Ocean. About one hour after the start of the mission, the satellites are stationed.
If you love and want to watch a space ship, SpaceX will provide a live stream on the webcast home page on Thursday. SpaceX usually starts streaming about 15 minutes before the start (in this case, 19:15 local time).
The first 60 satellites are deployed at an altitude of approximately 440 kilometers above the Earth, if any Run smoothly and then gently move to an orbit of approximately 340 miles (550 kilometers).
This is the third time, according to SpaceX, that this Falcon 9-Booster has risen into space with two previous flights coming in September 2018 and January 2019.
Musk has attempted to mitigate the expectations of this first historic satellite deployment , "Much will likely go wrong," and these first 60 satellites are a test that demonstrates the future of Starlink's abilities. Another six launches are required before even a "minor" coverage is offered.
You can read all about the Starlink Plan for Mastering the Space Internet in CNET's Practical Explanatory Program .
Updated at 17:45. PT: According to SpaceX, the weather conditions are favorable.
Updated at 19:50. PT: SpaceX cleaned today's launch.