SpaceX aims to finish a remarkable hat-trick early on Sunday (June 19) and you can watch the action live.
Two-stage Falcon 9 The rocket is scheduled to be launched from the Cape Canaveral space station in Florida on Sunday at 12:27 EDT (04:27 GMT), carrying satellite communications for the Louisiana-based company Globalstar in orbit.
If all goes according to plan, about nine minutes after takeoff, the first stage of the rocket will return to Earth for a vertical landing. SpaceX drone Just read the instructions, which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. You can watch it all live here on Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly through the company (opens in a new tab). Coverage is expected to begin about 10 minutes before takeoff.
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Will be third mission for SpaceX for a little over 36 hours. The company launched 53 of its Starlink satellites on Friday (June 17th) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and launched a radar satellite for the German military from the Vandenberg Space Force base in California on Saturday (June 18th).
Friday’s mission set a new record for missile reuse for SpaceX; The Falcon 9 that flew with him included a first stage that already had 12 launches under its belt. (Sunday’s launch will be the ninth for this particular first phase of Falcon 9, according to EverydayAstronaut.com (opens in a new tab).)
SpaceX has really accelerated its pace this year, even before the planned trife. The take-off on Sunday morning will be the company’s 26th in 2022, and the year is not even half over.
Mike Wall is the author of “Out there (opens in a new tab)“(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate), a book about the search for extraterrestrial life. Follow it on Twitter @michaeldwall (opens in a new tab). Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (opens in a new tab) or on Facebook (opens in a new tab).