A used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 60 Starlink satellites from Florida today (May 4) and you can watch it live here, courtesy of SpaceX. Liftoff is at 3:01 p.m. EDT (1901 GMT).
SpaceX’s launch webcast the Starlink 25 mission will begin about 15 minutes before liftoff for today’s flight, which will launch 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit to add to the company’s ever-growing constellation. Today’s launch, on Star Wars Day (May the Fourth), will mark the ninth launch for the Falcon 9’s first stage, which has already launched six previous Starlink missions, the Telstar 18 Vantage mission and Iridium-8 mission.
As with past missions, SpaceX will attempt to recover the first stage on its drone ship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX is targeting Tuesday, May 4 for launch of 60 Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instantaneous window is at 3:01 p.m. EDT, or 19:01 UTC, and a backup opportunity is available on Wednesday, May 5 at 2:39 p.m. EDT, or 18:39 UTC.
The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster supporting this mission previously supported launch of Telstar 18 VANTAGE, Iridium-8, and six Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean. One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously supported two Starlink missions.
The live webcast will begin about 15 minutes before liftoff.
‘ISS Live!’ Tune in to the space station
Find out what the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are up to by tuning in to the “ISS Live” broadcast. Hear conversations between the crew and mission controllers on Earth and watch them work inside the U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory. When the crew is off duty, you can enjoy live views of Earth from Space. You can watch and listen in the window below, courtesy of NASA.
“Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During ‘loss of signal’ periods, viewers will see a blue screen.
“Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below.”
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