SpaceX To Launch Upgraded Starlink Satellites Saturday: How To Watch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 24, 2021. Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

SpaceX is preparing to launch 53 Starlink satellites equipped with the new technology into orbit Saturday from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station after a launch attempt cleared due to weather on Friday morning.

The launch is targeted for Saturday, November 13 at 7:19 EST (12:19 GMT). You can watch the event live from SpaceX. Youtube channel. The broadcast will begin approximately 15 minutes before departure.

Saturday’s mission will be the first full Starlink launch from the East Coast since May, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites launched to 1,844.

SpaceX has launched 14 Starlink missions in the first half of 2021, including a rideshare flight carrying three Starlink satellites. The launch rate slowed significantly in the second half of the year as the company worked to build laser links to a new satellite release to allow. they communicate with each other in space, reducing the constellation’s dependence on ground stations.

SpaceX launched a stack of these updated satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California in September. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet at the time that laser links were required “for high latitudes and mid-ocean coverage.”

All Starlink satellites launched in 2022 and beyond will have SpaceX with laser link capability. told. The current version is called V1.5. The next iteration, V2.0, will have enhanced inter-satellite communication capabilities.

SpaceX plans to launch two more Starlink missions this month, sending 120 satellites into orbit.

Every Starlink Mission and Loads of 2021

Mission v1.0 L16: 60 Starlink satellites on January 20, 2021

Mission v1.0 Tr-1: 10 Starlink satellite launched on January 24, 2021 As part of Transporter-1 SmallSat Car Sharing Mission. This was the first launch of Starlink satellites into polar orbits.

Mission v1.0 L18: 60 Starlink satellites on February 4, 2021

Mission v1.0 L19: 60 Starlink satellite on February 16, 2021. (SpaceX Falcon 9 lost its booster in the Atlantic Ocean during the recovery process.)

Mission v1.0 L17: 60 Starlink satellites on March 4, 2021

Mission v1.0 L20: 60 Starlink satellites on March 10, 2021

Mission v1.0 L21: 60 Starlink satellite on March 13, 2021

Mission v1.0 L22: 60 Starlink satellites on March 24, 2021

Mission v1.0 L23: 60 Starlink satellites on April 7, 2021

Mission v1.0 L24: 60 Starlink satellites on April 29, 2021

Mission v1.0 L25: 60 Starlink satellites on May 4, 2021

Mission v1.0 L27: 60 Starlink satellites on May 9, 2021

Mission v1.0 L26: 52 Starlink satellite on May 15, 2021

On June 30, 2021, Mission v1.0 Tr-2: 3 Starlink satellites were launched as part of SpaceX’s second SmallSat ridesharing mission, Transporter-2. This was the second Starlink launch to polar orbits.

Group 2-1 September 14, 2021: 51 Starlink satellites launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. This was the first Starlink launch to hit a high trend. non-sun-coordinated orbit.

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