SpaceX is having a busy few days — having just surpassed its record number of launches per year, the company is making another launch tomorrow, Sunday, July 24. This will be another launch of Starlink satellites, and the launch will be broadcast live by SpaceX. We’ve got all the details on how to watch below.
The additional batch of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites will add to the constellation of satellites aimed at providing Internet access on global broadband. The advantage of providing such Internet via satellite instead of terrestrial is that it can serve even remote and rural areas, which are often underserved. In the United States, for example, millions of people live in areas where broadband speed does not have Internet access, and the global lack of Internet access is even worse.
Starlink has also been used to provide internet in the wake of natural disasters or in places experiencing war, such as the service provided in Ukraine after the Russian invasion there. However, Starlink has not been without controversy. Astronomers have raised concerns that the number of satellites launched, along with their low orbit, could jeopardize research efforts due to the sunlight they reflect.
What do you expect from the launch
The latest set of satellites is scheduled to launch at 9:38 a.m. ET (6:38 a.m. PT) from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, using a Falcon 9 rocket to deploy a rocket. A batch of 53 Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit.
“The first stage supporting this mission previously launched GPS III Space 04, GPS III Space Vehicle 05, Inspiration4, Ax-1, Nilesat 301 and two Starlink missions,” SpaceX wrote on its website. “After the separation phase, the first stage of Falcon 9 will return to Earth and land on the A Shortfall of Gravitas drone stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.”
How do you watch the launch
The launch will be shown live, with videos and graphics illustrating the process including final preparations before liftoff, liftoff itself, separation of the first and gliding stage, deployment of the Starlink satellite payload, entry burn and capture. From the first stage booster.
The live stream is scheduled to start five minutes before liftoff, so around 9:30 a.m. ET (6:30 a.m. PT), you can watch either using the embedded video near the top of this page or by going to SpaceX’s channel at YouTube.