SpaceX readies for next Starlink launch, Crew Dragon test
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has an ambitious plan to provide low-cost internet to the entire world — but not everyone is celebrating. However, Musk has a plan to win them over will the third launch of SpaceX Starlink satellites.
Hawthorne-based SpaceX is preparing to launch the first rocket of the New Year from Florida’s Space Coast on Monday, when the company is expected to send a Falcon 9 rocket into orbit with 60 SpaceX Starlink satellites.
The liftoff can be watched live through a SpaceX webcast beginning shortly before the launch window opens at 6:19 p.m. EST Monday from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad.
It will mark the first launch in a packed slate of missions from Cape Canaveral in 2020, which could see more than 30 launches by SpaceX and United Launch Alliance if schedules hold.
The mission will mark the 78th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket since 2010, and the 81st flight of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 family, which includes three launches by the triple-core Falcon Heavy vehicle.
The upcoming launch, the third of its kind for the SpaceX Starlink program, will bring to 180 the number of satellites that so far make up the constellation of small satellites that promise to beam high-speed internet access to every corner of the globe.
In this video Engineering Today will discuss the next two launches by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. One will try to keep SpaceX Starlink’s satellites from blocking the stars and another will be SpaceX crew Dragon test.
Let’s get into details.
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