SpaceX to live stream launch of Starlink satellites tomorrow

Launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral

Falcon 9 Rocket With Starlink System Satellites to Be Launched Wednesday AFP 2020 HANDOUT

A satellite now in orbit has a non-reflective coating that makes it notably less visible, but the company is embarking on a new experiment to install a sunshade on a satellite for an upcoming launch.

SpaceX is building and launching a constellation of up to 12,000, and potentially even 42,000, satellites for global internet connectivity.

More internet satellites are on the way into orbit after launching from Kennedy Space Center Wednesday.

As noted by SpaceX, the latest batch of Starlink satellites will be carried into space using the company's flagship rocket, the Falcon 9.

Those looking to catch the launch may do so through SpaceX's live streaming service on its website.

It was the fifth launch of the Falcon 9 first stage booster. According to the company, it has reserved a back-up launch opportunity for Falcon 9 on March 19 at 7:56 am EDT.

The mission's first launch attempt was Sunday evening but was aborted with 9 seconds left in the countdown after launch computers detected an issue with guidance systems.

"Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean", SpaceX stated in a mission overview. Reusable Rocket Targets: The fairing or protective cover that encloses the satellite cargo has also flown before, in a SpaceX Starlink launch since last May. The company is attempting to recover the fairing halves again using the boats "Ms". SpaceX has been attempting these recoveries in order to further increase the reusability (and reduce the cost) of launch but so far it hasn't had much consistency in its success, catching three fairings in total.

SpaceX tweaked the mission profile for Starlink launches starting with its February 17 mission, dropping off 60 satellites in an elliptical orbit rather than a circular one, to reduce the load on the rocket and ease booster recovery.

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