CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is gearing up to launch its next batch of Starlink satellites into orbit for the company’s ever-growing broadband internet megaconstellation and you can watch it live online.
On Tuesday (Aug. 18), the California-based rocket company will launch 58 Starlink satellites and three Planet Earth-imaging satellites for Planet on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is scheduled for no earlier than 10:31 a.m. EDT (1431 GMT).
You can watch SpaceX’s Starlink launch live here and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of SpaceX, beginning about 15 minutes before liftoff. You’ll also be able to watch the launch directly from SpaceX here.
SpaceX has had a banner summer so far. The company became the first private company to launch humans to the International Space Station when its Demo-2 mission lifted off on May 30, and returned its astronaut crew safely to Earth just over two months later on Aug. 2.
The company also successfully demonstrated that its latest Starship prototype could fly. On Aug. 4, the giant silvery tube took flight, soaring 500 feet (150 meters) above the Texas landscape. SpaceX also snagged a highly coveted national security launch contract, beating out rivals Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman. Now, the company is gearing up for its 13th launch of the year, lifting another set of its internet-beaming satellites into orbit.
As part of SpaceX’s recently established rideshare program, this latest batch of Starlink satellites will be joined by other passengers — three small SkySat satellites from the California-based imaging company Planet. This is SpaceX’s second joint mission with Planet, they previously launched another set of three small satellites back in June.