SpaceX intends to launch its 16th series of its Starlink broadband satellites on Sunday, a day after the successful rocket company Elona Muska.
Reinforcing a new group of its orbital routers has become a matter of routine for SpaceX as it works build a megastar
with thousands of individual satellites in low Earth orbit. But this mission intends to put a new feather in Musk’s hat.
The first phase of the Falcon 9 rocket should make its seventh flight, which would be a record in rocket recycling for the company. The amplifier had previously flown in four Starlink missions and a couple of major telecom satellite launches.
SpaceX will likely try to land the booster on a drone in the Atlantic shortly after launch, and may also try to catch two halves of the nose cone or armor with another pair of ships.
All of this is happening after SpaceX performed another major launch on the other side of the country. Saturday morning,which carried a new NASA / European Space Agency Sentinel 6 satellite Michael Freilich designed to track global sea level rise and improve weather forecasts.
The original Starlink launch was supposed to take place just ten hours after the cancellation of the Sentinel 6 mission, but was postponed back one day.
Starlink was launched for 18:56 PT (21:56 ET) on Saturday. You can see the whole thing here: