SpaceX will launch 60 satellites into space Wednesday night, weather permitting, the company announced on social media earlier in the day.
The space giant, founded and led by Elon Musk, is set to launch the satellites in a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral as part of its Starlink mission.
Targeting today, June 3 at 9:25 p.m. EDT for Falcon 9 launch of 60 Starlink satellites from SLC-40. Weather is 60% favorable, and webcast will go live about 10 minutes before liftoff https://t.co/bJFjLCzWdK
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 3, 2020
SpaceX will send the satellites into space using its Falcon 9 orbital launch vehicle at approximately 9:25 p.m. EDT. from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
This launch is scheduled to come just five days after SpaceX and NASA teamed up to launch a pair of U.S. astronauts for the SpaceX Dragon Demo-2 mission, sending them to the International Space Station.
“The Starlink satellites will deploy in an elliptical orbit approximately 15 minutes after liftoff,” SpaceX announced in a press release on the company website. “Prior to orbit raise, SpaceX engineers will conduct data reviews to ensure all Starlink satellites are operating as intended. Once the checkouts are complete, the satellites will then use their onboard ion thrusters to move into their operational altitude of 550 km.”
SpaceX also revealed that on this mission, it “will launch the first Starlink satellite with a deployable visor to block sunlight from hitting the brightest spots of the spacecraft.”
The livestream will be available at this link 10 minutes prior to liftoff.