SpaceX’s Starlink Launch Happening Tomorrow; Here’s How To Watch Live

Pablo Tucker
March 18, 2020

More internet satellites are on the way into orbit after launching from Kennedy Space Center Wednesday.

This didn't affect the actual orbital deployment of the 60 Starlink satellites which were on board the Falcon 9, which went exactly as planned.

Those looking to catch the launch may do so through SpaceX's live streaming service on its website. The company has designed Falcon 9 first-stage boosters to complete 10 flights each. "Will announce next launch date opportunity once confirmed on the Range", SpaceX tweeted.

To be clear, SpaceX's Merlin engine has been an extremely reliable performer for the company to date, with 84 out of 86 fully successful missions vs. attempts for Falcon 9 class vehicles in just under a decade.

The company had hoped to land the first-stage booster for the rocket on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean, but SpaceX said the booster failed to make the landing. Musk did not address if the engine outage was influential in SpaceX's inability to recover the booster, which was completing its fifth reflight - the highest SpaceX has attempted. It had even supported the launch of the first set of Starlink satellites that were launched in May previous year.

The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the latest batch of Starlink satellites was supposed to take place earlier this week. The company is attempting to recover the fairing halves again using the boats "Ms". However, after encountering a technical issue with the rocket, SpaceX was forced to abort the launch at the last second. "Given that, we are overly cautious on the ground, and if the team sees anything that looks even slightly off, we'll stop the countdown".

Air Force officials have given SpaceX a go-ahead for liftoff at 7:38 p.m., the beginning of a 58-minute window.

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