SpaceX launching 22 Starlink satellites from Florida today

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SpaceX is scheduled to launch 22 more of its Starlink broadband satellites to orbit from Florida’s Space Coast today (June 12).

The Starlink satellites will lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station during a 3.5-hour window that opens at 5:20 p.m. EDT (2120 GMT).

SpaceX will stream the action live via its account on X, beginning about five minutes before launch.

The Falcon 9’s first stage will come back to Earth about 8.5 minutes after launch, if all goes according to plan, landing on the droneship Just Read the Instructions in the Atlantic Ocean. 

It will be the 16th launch and landing for this particular booster, according to a SpaceX mission description. Ten of its 15 flights to date have been Starlink missions.

The Falcon 9’s upper stage, meanwhile, will continue carrying the 22 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit, deploying them about 53 minutes after liftoff.

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SpaceX has launched 60 orbital missions so far in 2024, which works out to an average of one liftoff every 2.7 days. 

Forty-three of these launches have been dedicated to building out the Starlink megaconstellation, which currently consists of nearly 6,100 operational spacecraft.

This post was originally published on Space.com

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