SpaceX aims to launch its sixteenth batch of its Starlink broadband satellites on Sunday, one day after the success of Elon Musk’s rocket company.
Upgrading a new batch of its orbiting routers has become a matter of routine for SpaceX as it works build a mega constellation
with thousands of individual satellites in low earth orbit. But this mission is about to put a new feather in Musk’s hat.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket is set to make its seventh flight, which would be a rocket recycling record for the company. The booster has previously flown on four Starlink missions and a couple of larger telecom satellite launches.
SpaceX will likely attempt to land the booster on a drone ship in the Atlantic shortly after launch, and may also try to capture the two halves of the cone or fairing with another pair of ships.
All of this happens after SpaceX has made another big launch across the country. On a Saturday morning,carrying the new NASA / European Space Agency Sentinel 6 Michael Freilich satellite designed to monitor global sea level rise and improve weather forecasting.
Originally, the launch of Starlink was supposed to take place just ten hours after the take-off of the Sentinel 6 mission, but was delayed by a day.
The launch is set for 9: 56 pm ET / 6:56 am PT Sunday. You can watch it all right here: