Elon Musk’s trademark reusable rocket will be making its third flight when it lifts off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. This specific unit sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and then launched a South Korean satellite in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to six times.
The launch was originally scheduled for earlier in the month, but was pushed back a day and then postponed again due to less than ideal weather conditions in the Atlantic where the first stage and the fairing were set to be recovered. Now, with more settled seas, the mission is scheduled for a 7:22 a.m. PT (10:22 a.m. in Florida) liftoff time Monday.
One half of the nose cone, or fairing, atop the rocket has also seen two previous flights, both of them earlier Starlink missions.
This should be a fairly routine launch. It will be the 13th Starlink mission so far, and SpaceX is planning on dozens more as it grows its broadband mega-constellation.
Following the launch and separation of the rocket’s second stage and payload, the first-stage booster will again return to Earth to land on a droneship in the Atlantic.
SpaceX will stream the entire thing, starting at about 10 minutes before launch. We will embed the feed here once it becomes available.
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