Update, 9:15 p.m. EDT: SpaceX has scrubbed the launch due to bad weather. The new start date is Saturday (September 17) at 8:43 p.m. EDT (1243 GMT Sunday, September 18). SpaceX’s webcast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET (0030 GMT).
SpaceX plans to launch another large batch of its Starlink satellites into orbit Friday night (September 16), and you can watch the action live.
SpaceX plans to loft 54 more Starlink broadband satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida Saturday at 20:43 EDT (0043GMT on September 18). You can view it here on Space.com or directly via SpaceX (opens in new tab). Due to the bad weather, the start was delayed by several days.
The flight plan provides for a falcon 9 Rocket to carry the Starlink Group 4-34 satellites place, and for the first stage of the rocket, which lands on the drone ship Just Read the Instructions in the Atlantic about nine minutes later. It will be the sixth launch and landing for this particular booster, SpaceX wrote in a mission description (opens in new tab).
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Starlink is SpaceX’s broadband satellite constellation. The company has put more than 3,200 of the satellites into orbit to date. SpaceX is rapidly expanding the constellation, with launches happening almost every week — and sometimes even more.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently said he hopes to launch it 100 SpaceX missions in 2023. The goal, in part, is to ramp up the Starlink service as quickly as possible for the remote customers the company wants to serve.
SpaceX already has regulatory approval to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites. The company has also applied to an international regulator to put another 30,000 of the satellites into orbit.
The company is also expanding the types of customers accessing Starlink services.
SpaceX recently announced a collaboration with T-Mobile Beam broadband service straight to cellphones. In addition, SpaceX signed a contract with Royal Caribbean offer Starlink on cruise shipsto improve internet service at sea.
Editor’s note: This story was updated on September 21st at 9:45pm ET. 13 with the new launch date Sept. 14. SpaceX had planned to launch the mission on September 14th. 13 but chafed the attempt due to the weather. Updated again Sept at 8:50pm ET. 14 with a new start date of Sept. 15. Bad weather canceled September trials. 14 Sept 15 and 9 16 Sept Also 14 attempts. It was updated again in September. 15, forced another scrub after bad weather. This story was also updated at 8:13 p.m. EDT on September 14th. September to reflect a new start time and at 9:15 p.m. EDT. 16 regarding the scrub.