Not content with just one launch this weekend, with the launch of the NASA and European Space Agency’s Sentinel-6 ocean-monitoring satellite yesterday, SpaceX will be sending up a batch of Starlink satellites today as well.
SpaceX has become experts at not only launches with their Falcon 9 rockets but also at catching the Falcon 9’s reusable first stage so it can be used again. For the NASA/ESA launch yesterday, the first stage landed back on the ground, in the same place it took off from. For the launch today, the company will aim to catch the first stage on a droneship stationed in the ocean.
Tonight’s launch will be livestreamed by SpaceX, and we’ve got all the details on how you can watch.
When is the sixteenth Starlink launch?
The sixteenth batch of Starlink satellites will be launched at 9:56 p.m. ET (6:56 p.m. PT) on Sunday, November 22. The launch will take place from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, when a batch of 60 Starlink satellites will be carried into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Following the launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will return to Earth and be caught by the droneship “Of Course I Still Love You,” which will be standing by in the Atlantic Ocean.
How to watch the sixteenth Starlink launch
The launch will be shown live on SpaceX’s YouTube channel. You can watch the video either via the SpaceX website or by using the video embedded at the top of this page.
The livestream begins around 15 minutes before liftoff, so at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET (6:40 p.m. PT). The livestream will show the final preparations before launch, the countdown, the liftoff, and the catching of the first stage. It will also announce key milestones in the launch process like the separation of the first and second stages, the deployment of the fairing, and the deployment of the satellites themselves.
What to expect from the sixteenth Starlink launch
One noteworthy part of this launch is the reuse of both the Falcon 9’s first stage booster and its fairing. The first stage has previously flown on no less than six missions, including four previous Starlink launches and two other satellite launches. The fairing is composed of two pieces, one of which has previously been used in one mission, and the other of which has previously been used in two missions.