SpaceX Set To Launch 23 Starlink Satellites From Base At Florida
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On Wednesday night, December 13, SpaceX could likely give us a launch doubleheader. The company is aiming to launch 23 more of its Starlink satellites from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Wednesday on top of a Falcon 9 rocket during one of the 4-hour window that will open at 11:07 p.m. EST (0407 GMT on Dec. 14). You can witness it live via SpaceX’s account on X that will begin about 5 minutes before the window opens.
On Wednesday, there could be another mission on SpaceX’s docket. A Falcon Heavy may launch the U.S Space Force’s X-37B space plane from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center which will be next door to Cape Canaveral on the same night.
The X-37B launch and the Starlink liftoff were both originally meant to set off on Monday night (December 11) but SpaceX backed out from both of them. The company cited ground issues for the Falcon Heavy Scrub and high ground-level winds for the delay in the Starlink satellite launch on Tuesday.
The 23 Starlink satellites are scheduled to be deployed from the Falcon 9’s upper stage into low Earth orbit about 65.5 minutes post liftoff.
Starlink is SpaceX’s internet mega constellation that currently consists of more than 5,000 operational spacecraft. The network has grown in leaps and bounds over the past year. SpaceX has launched north of 90 orbital missions in 2023 so far and the majority of them have been dedicated to building out the Starlink constellation.
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