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SpaceX is already launching further Starlink satellites: How to watch



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The fairing, which shields 60 Starlink satellites, is waiting for launch.


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SpaceX and Elon Musk have a vision to cover the Earth with their Starlink broadband service by putting tens of thousands of small satellites into low orbit.

The company will launch another 60 of the space routers from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday shortly before noon Eastern Time until a successful static fire test is available on Monday.

This is the fourth launch of a full batch of the version one Starlink satellite. This means that at certain points, especially at sunrise and sunset, this group will be highly reflective and likely to be visible from the ground. This attribute has led to dismay in the astronomy community . SpaceX launched an experimental "Darksat" that should be less reflective than it was last on January 6th.

Starlink's mega-star constellation could eventually be 42,000 satellites, according to company officials. After the planned launch on Tuesday, SpaceX launched a total of 242, including early test birds.

SpaceX also appears to be ready to retrieve the Falcon 9 rocket, which was flown on a drone in the Atlantic during two previous missions, and to try the two halves of the nose cone (or fairing) over another pair of equipped ships to catch with huge nets.

It was already a busy week for SpaceX in Florida after the successful crash test of his crew Dragon capsule with which astronauts could be brought to the International Space Station later this year was successful.

The Starlink launch is scheduled for Tuesday, 11:59 am CET and should be streamed via the SpaceX YouTube feed approximately 15 minutes before the start. We will embed it here as soon as it is available.


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