SpaceX aims to launch its 16th batch of its Starlink broadband satellites on Sunday, a day after the success of Elon Musk’s rocket company.
Boosting a new set of its routers in orbit has become a matter of routine for SpaceX as it works to build a mega constellation
with thousands of individual satellites in low earth orbit. But this mission is to put a new feather in Musk’s cap.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket is expected to make its seventh flight, which would set a rocket recycling record for the company. The booster has previously flown on four Starlink missions and a pair of larger telecommunications satellite launches.
SpaceX will likely attempt to land the booster on a dronehip in the Atlantic shortly after launch and may also attempt to grab the two halves of the nose cone or fairing with another pair of ships.
This is all happening after SpaceX performs another big launch across the country. Saturday morning,carrying the new Michael Freilich NASA / European Space Agency Sentinel 6 satellite, designed to monitor global sea level rise and improve weather forecasting.
Originally, Starlink’s launch was supposed to take place just ten hours after take-off from Sentinel 6, but it was delayed a day.
The launch is scheduled for 9: 56 p.m. ET / 6:56 a.m. PT Sunday. You can watch it all here: