KEY POINTS

  • The launch of the latest batch of Starlink satellites will happen on Tuesday
  • SpaceX will broadcast the launch live
  • Falcon 9 will carry 58 Starlink satellites into space

SpaceX is currently gearing up for the launch of the latest batch of satellites for its Starlink project. The upcoming event can be viewed live through the company’s video streaming event.

The event will serve as the 11th official launch for SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation project, which aims to deliver high-speed internet service from space. For the launch, the company is planning to deploy a total of 58 new satellites into space.

SpaceX’s latest launch will be carried out by its flagship rocket, the Falcon 9. It is scheduled to take off on Tuesday at 10:31 a.m. EDT from the Space Launch Complex 40 facility at the Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Those looking to watch the event live may do so through SpaceX’s website. The company’s live broadcast will begin about 15 minutes before the scheduled launch of the mission. The upcoming launch can also be viewed through the video below or SpaceX’s live video on YouTube.

The launch of 58 new satellites on Tuesday means that SpaceX will have about 660 Starlink units in low-Earth orbit. As SpaceX previously stated, it plans to carry out regular launches for new batches of Starlink satellites until it reaches its goal, which is deploying about 42,000 units into space.

Aside from the Starlink satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket will also carry three small SkySat satellites for San Francisco-based aerospace company Planet during the Tuesday launch.

Like its previous launches, SpaceX will also try to retrieve the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket after its launch. The company noted that its ship “Of Course I Still Love You” will try to catch the component after it separates from the rocket after taking off. Falcon 9 will then deploy its payload after the separation of the First Stage.

“Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean,” SpaceX stated in its website. “Falcon 9’s fairing previously flew on the fourth launch of Starlink. Planet’s SkySats will deploy sequentially beginning about 12 and a half minutes after liftoff, and the Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 46 minutes after liftoff.”

A SpaceX Starlink satellite A SpaceX Starlink satellite in orbit (illustration) Photo: SpaceX