SpaceX to launch another batch of Starlink satellites from Florida on Nov. 27

SpaceX plans to add yet more satellites to its ever-growing Starlink internet megaconstellation on Monday night (Nov. 27).

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 23 Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Sunday at 11:20 p.m. EDT (0520 GMT on Nov. 28). 

You can watch it live via SpaceX’s account on X (formerly known as Twitter). Coverage will begin about five minutes before launch.

If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9’s first stage will come back to Earth for a vertical landing about 8.5 minutes after launch. It will touch down on a drone ship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.

It will be the 17th launch and landing for this particular booster, according to a SpaceX mission description.  

The 23 Starlink satellites, meanwhile, are scheduled to deploy from the Falcon 9’s upper stage into low Earth orbit (LEO) about 65.5 minutes after liftoff.

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The Starlink network, which beams internet service down to people around the world, already features more than 5,000 operational spacecraft, according to astrophysicist and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell.

But that number keeps growing, and likely will far into the future. SpaceX already has permission to deploy 12,000 Starlink craft into LEO, and it has applied for approval for another 30,000 on top of that.

Source: Space.com

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