SpaceX is planning to launch the 14th batch of Starlink satellites atop a Falcon 9 rocket this weekend, from Cape Canaveral for the corporate’s broadband community in a mission designated Starlink 14.
“Focusing on Sunday, 18 October at 8:25 am EDT for Falcon 9’s launch of 60 Starlink satellites from Launch Advanced 39A at Kennedy Area Heart”.
SpaceX’s Starlink rocket launch: What that you must know
Date and time
SpaceX confirmed that the liftoff will happen on Sunday, 18 October 2020 at 8:25 Jap Time (ET). For SA viewers, that might be Sunday at 14:24 South African Customary Time (SAST).
For those who’re watching from elsewhere on this planet, that might be 5:25 PT (Pacific Time) or 7:25 Central Time (CT) in the USA. Alternatively, it could be 13:25 British Summer season Time (BST).
For those who’re based mostly in India, prepare for a 17:55 ISD. China, set your alarm for 20:25 CST (Chinese language Customary Time). Viewers from Japan can tune in from 21:25 Japan Customary Time (JST).
Watch: SpaceX’s Starlink mission 14
Watch the launch right here. The stream will go reside roughly 10 minutes earlier than liftoff.
Lastly, these in Australia will must be prepared at 23:25 Australian Jap Customary Time (AEST). New Zealanders, that’s 1:25 for you on Monday, 19 October NZDT (New Zealand Daylight Time).
“As our Starlink community remains to be in its early phases, the Starlink group continues to check the system; accumulating latency knowledge and performing velocity assessments of the service”.
There are already greater than 700 Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit following the launch of the thirteenth batch of 60 satellites on Tuesday, 6 October 2020.
Starlink 14 mission particulars
SpaceX additionally confirmed on Saturday that the static hearth check went off and not using a hitch. If something goes improper, a backup alternative might be obtainable on Monday, 19 October, at 8:06 ET, or 14:06 SAST.
The Falcon 9 that might be used for this launch beforehand supported Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission to the Worldwide Area Station (ISS); in addition to the launch of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission.
As well as, this primary stage additionally supported three different Starlink missions earlier this yr. SpaceX confirmed that the booster will return to a droneship off the Atlantic coast:
“Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the ‘Of Course I Nonetheless Love You’ droneship […] The Starlink satellites will deploy roughly 1 hour and three minutes after liftoff”.
In keeping with SpaceX, the group additionally “just lately put in Starlinks on the Administrative Heart constructing and about 20 personal properties on the Hoh Tribe Reservation, situated in a distant space of western Washington State the place web entry is restricted or utterly unavailable”.
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