SpaceX aims to launch its 16th group of its Starlink broadband satellites on Sunday, a day after the successful Elon Musk rocket company.
Increasing the number of new routers in orbit has become a routine issue for SpaceX as it operates build a mega-constellation
with thousands of individual satellites in low Earth orbit. But this mission needs to put a new feather in Musk’s cap.
The first phase of the Falcon 9 rocket should complete its seventh flight, which would be a record for rocket recycling for the company. The amplifier had previously flown in four Starlink missions and several major telecom satellites.
SpaceX will probably try to land the booster in the Atlantic shortly after launch and may also try to capture both halves of the nose cone or fern with another pair of boats.
All of this is happening after SpaceX launched another major launch on the other side of the earth. On Saturday morning,carrying the new NASA / European Space Agency Sentinel 6 satellite Michael Frelich designed to monitor global sea level rise and improve the weather forecast.
Initially, the Starlink launch was supposed to take place just ten hours after the launch of the Sentinel 6 mission, but was pushed back one day.
The launch is set for 9: 56 hrs ET / 6: 56PT Sunday. You can see the whole thing right here: