SpaceX aims to complete a remarkable hat-trick early Sunday (June 19), and you can watch the action live.
a couple steps falcon 9 The rocket is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 12:27 p.m. EDT (0427 GMT) on Sunday, carrying a communications satellite for Louisiana-based company Globalstar into orbit.
If all goes according to plan, about nine minutes after liftoff, the rocket’s first stage will return to Earth for a vertical landing. SpaceX The droneship Just Read the Instruction, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast. You can watch it live on Space.com here, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly through the company (opens in new tab), Coverage is expected to begin approximately 10 minutes before liftoff.
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This will happen SpaceX’s third mission In just over 36 hours. The company launched its 53 Starlink internet satellites from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday (June 17) and a radar satellite for the German military on Saturday (June 18) from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Friday mission set a New rocket-reuse record for SpaceX; The Falcon 9 that flew it had a first stage that already had 12 launches under its belt. (Sunday’s launch will be the ninth for this particular Falcon 9 first stage, According to EverydayAstronaut.com (opens in new tab),
SpaceX has actually accelerated its launch pace this year ahead of the planned trifecta. Sunday morning’s liftoff will be the company’s 26th of 2022, and the year isn’t even halfway yet.
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