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How to watch SpaceX launch its second batch of satellites in 24 hours

SpaceX will be launching a batch of 53 Starlink satellites today, Saturday May 14, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This marks the second Starlink launch the company is performing in just 24 hours, with a previous Starlink launch occurring yesterday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in…


SpaceX will be launching a batch of 53 Starlink satellites today, Saturday May 14, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This marks the second Starlink launch the company is performing in just 24 hours, with a previous Starlink launch occurring yesterday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

Today’s launch will be streamed live, including the thrilling landing of the rocket’s first-stage booster. We have all the details so you can follow along at home.

What to expect from the launch

SpaceX will launch a second batch of satellites in order to expand its Starlink constellation. This constellation aims to offer global broadband internet access to subscribers. Satellites can transmit data and provide reliable internet access in areas with limited broadband coverage such as the mountains or rural regions.

Starlink is already useful in providing internet service in emergencies, such as in Ukraine after the Russian invasion or in Tonga after the larger eruption of a volcano ..

SpaceX eventually aims to launch as many as 42,000 Starlink satellites, with several thousand already currently in orbit. This number is constantly increasing as the company performs frequent Starlink launches with its Falcon 9 rocket. For example, yesterday’s launch can be seen below.

Liftoff! pic.twitter.com/TWmYoVcNjW

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 13, 2022

Today’s launch follows a similar process, with launch preparations, liftoff and deployment of satellites. The booster is also known as the first stage. It returns to Earth and is captured for future reuse. The booster will land in the Atlantic Ocean where it will then be captured by the drone ship. Please refer to the Instructions.

How to watch the launch

SpaceX will livestream the launch and capture of the booster. The launch is scheduled for 4: 40 p.m. ET (1: 40 p.m. PT) on Saturday, May 14, though if the weather is bad and precludes the launch, there is another opportunity at 4: 12 p.m. ET (1: 12 p.m. PT) on Sunday, May 15.

Coverage will begin around 10 minutes before launch, so around 4: 30 p.m. ET (1: 30 p.m. PT). You can watch by heading to SpaceX’s YouTube channel or by using the video embedded near the top of this page.

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