SpaceX plans to launch 22 more of its Starlink internet satellites from California early on Monday morning (Nov. 20).
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Space Force Base Monday during a four-hour window that opens at 1:33 a.m. EST (0633 GMT; 10:33 p.m. on Nov. 19 local California time).
You can watch the action live via SpaceX’s account on X (formerly known as Twitter). Coverage will begin about five minutes before launch.
If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9‘s first stage will come back to Earth for a vertical landing about 8.5 minutes after launch on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
It will be the 15th launch and landing for this rocket’s first stage, according to a SpaceX mission description. That flight resume includes nine other Starlink launches as well as the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, a NASA mission that successfully slammed a spacecraft into an asteroid in September 2022.
And on Saturday, SpaceX launched the second-ever test flight of Starship, the giant next-generation system it’s developing to help humanity set up shop on the moon and Mars. Starship flew well at first, reaching a maximum altitude of about 91 miles (148 kilometers), but the mission ended about eight minutes after liftoff with a “rapid unscheduled disassembly” — SpaceX lingo for an explosion.
Monday morning’s launch was originally targeted for Sunday, but the company scrubbed the attempt after propellant loading had begun.