SpaceX to launch 22 Starlink satellites on Oct. 9 (Image Credit: Space.com)
SpaceX is set to launch 22 more of its Starlink internet satellites from Florida on Monday night (Oct. 9).
The Starlink spacecraft are scheduled to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Monday at 8:42 p.m. EDT (0042 GMT on Oct. 10). Four backup opportunities are available as well, from 9:32 p.m. EDT until 12:10 a.m. EDT (0132 to 0410 GMT on Oct. 10).
You can watch the action live via SpaceX’s account on X (formerly Twitter) when the time comes. Coverage is expected to begin about five minutes before liftoff.
It will be the 14th liftoff and landing for this particular Falcon 9 first stage, according to a SpaceX mission description. Two of its 13 previous missions sent astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA.
The 22 Starlink satellites, meanwhile, are scheduled to deploy from the Falcon 9’s upper stage into low Earth orbit about 65 minutes after launch.
Monday’s launch was originally scheduled for Sunday night (Oct. 8), but high winds caused a 24-hour delay. A Sunday night liftoff would have been the first of two back-to-back Starlink launches: A different Falcon 9 launched 21 Starlinks from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base at 3:23 a.m. EDT (0723 GMT) on Monday.
These two Starlink missions will be the 71st and 72nd orbital launches of the year for SpaceX. The majority of those liftoffs have been dedicated to building out the Starlink megaconstellation, which currently consists of more than 4,830 operational satellites.