SpaceX launching 23 Starlink satellites from Florida today (Image Credit: Space.com)
SpaceX plans to launch 23 more of its Starlink internet satellites to orbit today (Jan. 7).
You can watch the action live via SpaceX‘s account on X. Coverage will begin about five minutes before the launch window opens.
If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9’s first stage will come back to Earth about 8.5 minutes after liftoff, touching down on the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.
It will be the 16th launch and landing for this particular booster, according to a SpaceX mission description.
The Falcon 9’s upper stage, meanwhile, will continue hauling the 23 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit, where they will be deployed about 65.5 minutes after liftoff.
This will be the third orbital launch of 2024 for SpaceX. And there will be many more to come; SpaceX representatives have said the company aims to launch 144 missions this year, which would smash its record of 98, set in 2023.
There’s more spaceflight action on tap for tonight — well, early Monday morning (Jan. 8). United Launch Alliance intends to launch its Vulcan Centaur rocket for the first time ever Monday at 2:18 a.m. EST (0718 GMT), sending the private Peregrine lander toward the moon. You can watch that here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.