SpaceX to launch 22 Starlink satellites tonight on 1st of back-to-back missions (Image Credit: Space.com)
SpaceX is set to launch 22 Starlink internet satellites from Florida tonight (Nov. 17), the first of two planned Starlink missions this weekend.
You can watch the action live via SpaceX’s account on X (formerly known as Twitter). Coverage is expected to 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 Just Read the Instructions, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
It will be the 11th launch and landing for this rocket’s first stage, according to a SpaceX mission description.
Tonight’s launch is the first of two planned Starlink missions this weekend. SpaceX also aims to loft 22 of the broadband satellites from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base on Sunday (Nov. 19) at 1:55 a.m. EDT (0555 GMT; 10:55 p.m. local time Nov. 18 in California).
And there’s other SpaceX action on tap this weekend as well: The company plans to launch the second-ever test flight of its huge Starship rocket on Saturday from its South Texas site, during a 20-minute window that opens at 8 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT). You can watch that highly anticipated flight live here at Space.com when the time comes.