There’s now an 80% chance of favourable weather for today’s Starlink mission. Liftoff is due to take place at 4:18pm EDT from LC-39A. The mission is launching 57 Starlink satellites and two smallsats for BlackSky.#SpaceX #elonmusk #Starlink— Everything SpaceX (@spacex360) June 26, 2020
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The start is scheduled for 1:12 a.m. EDT (0512 GMT) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida from Launch Complex 39A. SpaceX will try to land on a boat shortly after the lift on the first stage of the Falcon 9.
Here at Space.com, courtesy of Space X and directly through the company you can watch all the action. Before launch, the broadcast must go live in about 15 minutes.
SpaceX 's 8th Starlink lift this year will launch on Friday, and it will be the 10th mission in general (11 counts the launch in February 2018 of 2 Starlink prototypes).
SpaceX is undertaking to provide satellite Internet access to the global masses, particularly in undeserved regions, as a broadband constellation.
SpaceX already has over 500 Starlink satellites, but at least 12,000 crafts can be used in the constellation by the time it is finished.
Starlink is critical for satellite brightness, especially shortly after the launch, by astronomers and dark-sky proponents. SpaceX takes action to decrease the glare.
Friday launch will take place on its fifth space flight with a reusable Falcon 9 rocket. Before the Falcon 9's first phase flew the Demo-1, a trio of earth observation satellites for Canada, and two Starlink missions before in 2020 (which sent an uncrewed crew dragon capsule into the International Space Station).
In addition to the Starlink satellites, under a rideshare contract with Spaceflight Inc. the Mission will send two BlackSky satellites to orbit.
Due to weather and technical problems, the startup has been delayed repeatedly since the end of June.