SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket to deploy 49 Starlink satellites. The flight is scheduled for January 6 and can be followed live.
The Starlink launch in a nutshell
- What ? Putting 49 Starlink satellites into orbit;
- When ? January 6, 2022, at 10:49 p.m. (Paris time);
- Where ? At Kennedy Space Center, Florida;
- What will we see? Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket.
What is SpaceX’s mission?
First take-off of the year 2022 for SpaceX and it is for the benefit of its Starlink service that it will take place. The firing consists of propelling a cluster of 52 telecommunications satellites into space, which will then be dispersed in low Earth orbit, a few hundred kilometers above sea level, always with the aim of offering Internet access from space.
There are nearly 1,900 Starlink satellites in orbit around the Earth at the start of the year. It’s already considerable, but it’s only the very beginning: SpaceX fantasizes about owning a few tens of thousands of them in the long term, but this annoys more and more astronomers, as well as space agencies, such as the Esa, and certain states, such as China.
SpaceX plans to recover the first stage of its rocket once the mission is accomplished. The booster will automatically return to Earth and land on an ocean barge off the coast. This element of the rocket has already been used on numerous occasions: the dispatch of two additional GPS satellites (GPS III-4 and III-5) and the Inspiration4 manned mission.
When does the Falcon 9 rocket take off?
Takeoff is announced for this Thursday, January 6, 2022, with a Falcon 9 rocket. The launch will take place from Florida, on the east coast of the United States, from a launch pad located in the Kennedy Space Center. Takeoff will occur at 4:49 p.m. (local time), or 10:49 p.m. in mainland France. A fallback window is open on January 7, if takeoff cannot take place.
Where to watch the launch live?
The shot is streamed on SpaceX’s official website, as well as on its YouTube channel. It can be followed directly in the video embedded below.