Watch SpaceX launch 22 Starlink satellites tonight (Image Credit: Space.com)
SpaceX plans to launch 22 more of its Starlink internet satellites tonight (Aug. 6), and you can watch the action live.
If all goes according to plan, the Falcon 9’s first stage will come back for a landing about eight minutes after liftoff. It will touch down on the SpaceX droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
It will be the fourth launch and landing for this particular booster, according to a SpaceX mission description.
The Falcon 9’s upper stage will continue carrying the 22 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO), where they will be deployed about 65 minutes after liftoff.
SpaceX has launched 4,881 Starlink spacecraft to date, according to satellite tracker and astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell. More than 4,500 of those satellites are currently functional.
SpaceX plans to loft many more Starlink craft to LEO over the coming weeks and months. The company has approval to deploy 12,000 satellites and has applied for permission to launch 30,000 more on top of that.