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SpaceX to launch 21 Starlink satellites from California early on Sept. 25

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch from California early Monday morning (Sept. 25), carrying 21 Starlink satellites to orbit.

The Falcon 9 is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in Florida Monday at 3:23 a.m. EDT (0723 GMT; 12:23 a.m. local California time).

You can watch it live via SpaceX‘s account on X (formerly Twitter); coverage will start about five minutes before liftoff.

Related: Starlink satellite train: How to see and track it in the night sky

If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9’s first stage will come back to Earth safely, landing on a SpaceX drone ship at sea about 8.5 minutes after launch.

It will be the sixth liftoff and landing for this Falcon 9 first stage, according to a SpaceX mission description.

The 21 Starlink satellites, meanwhile, are scheduled to deploy from the Falcon 9’s upper stage into low Earth orbit (LEO) about 62.5 minutes after launch.

Monday morning’s launch will come less than two days after a Starlink liftoff from Florida’s Space Coast that marked the 17th flight for a Falcon 9 first stage. That tied the company’s reuse record, which was set just last week.

Starlink is SpaceX’s internet megaconstellation. The network consists of more than 4,750 operational satellites in LEO, and that number will continue to grow far into the future.

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