SpaceX is about to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with 22 Starlink internet satellites tonight on its sixteen mission. SpaceX is the most advanced rocket launcher and spacecraft in the world.
The Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 5:20 p.m, according to SpaceX.
If SpaceX fails to hit the target then there are five backup opportunities available between 6:11 p.m. and 8:48 p.m. The company representatives wrote it in the mission description.
SpaceX released the photos of the rocket launch rehearsal. The company is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on a launch license.
The rocket will come back to Earth touching down at sea on the drone ship in the first stage. It will be the 16th flight for this particular rocket’s first stage about 8.5 minutes after launch. Meanwhile, 22 Starlink satellites will deploy from the upper stage of Falcon 9 about 65 minutes after launch.
SpaceX has launched over seventy orbital missions in 2023. Most of these have been dedicated to building out the Starlink mega constellation of SpaceX. Starlink is a service by SpaceX that transmits internet service to customers all over the world. It currently has 4,900 operational satellites. After the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket tonight, the number of users of Starlink is expected to be increased.
You can watch the live action of the launched rocket Falcon 9 on the official Twitter account of SpaceX about five minutes before launch.
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