If all goes well, a SpaceX Falcon 9 will fly out of Florida this Saturday, just two weeks after another company workhorse rockets shippedon the historic Demo-2 mission.
The company followed its first launch of humans a few days later, with a launch of Starlink satellites, and will now make its first ride on Starlink, carrying 58 of its own broadband satellites including three Earths watching spacecraft for Planet Labs.
The mission will bring the total number of Starlink satellites in low-orbit Earth to over 500 while increasing Planet’s SkySat fleet to 18. SpaceX’s goal is Starlink to eventually include tens of thousands of orbiting routers blankets Earth with broadband internet access, while SkySats will help Planet Labs create an image of the Earth’s surface.
Making room for the sharing trip means this is the first batch of Starlink satellite to include less than 60.
SpaceX said on Twitter with the launch being moved from Friday to Saturday at 2:21 a.m. PT (5:21 a.m. ET).
The first phase of the Falcon 9 to be used had previously flown twice, both times by cargo of Dragon carrup originating from the International Space Station.
When the live launch feed is available, we will embed it here. The stream usually starts about 15 minutes before launch.