Not content with just one launch this weekend, with the launch of NASA and the European Space Agency Sentinel-6 ocean tracking satellite yesterday, SpaceX will be sending a group of Starlink satellites today.
SpaceX has mastered not only launching with Falcon 9 rockets, but also capturing the reusable first stage of the Falcon 9 so it can be reused. For the NASA / ESA launch yesterday, the first stage landed again where it took off. For launch today, the company will aim to reach the first stage on an ocean-based droneship.
Tonight’s launch will be streamed live by SpaceX and we have all the details on how you can watch it.
When is the sixteenth Starlink released?
The sixteenth batch of Starlink satellites will be launched on Sunday, November 22 at 21:56 (18:56 PT). The launch will be from the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a group of 60 Starlink satellites will be carried into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
After launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will return to Earth and be captured by the “Of course I Still Love You” plane waiting in the Atlantic Ocean.
How to watch the sixteenth Starlink launch
The launch will be streamed live on SpaceX’s YouTube channel. You can watch the video via the SpaceX website or using the video embedded at the top of this page.
Live streaming starts approximately 15 minutes before departure, i.e. approximately 21:40 ET (18:40 PT). The live stream will show the final preparations before the launch, the countdown, take-off and the capture of the first stage. It will also announce key milestones in the launch process, such as separating the first and second phases, deploying the bodywork and deploying the satellites themselves.
What to expect from the sixteenth Starlink launch?
A notable part of this launch is the reuse of the Falcon 9’s first stage booster and cowl. The first phase has flown in at least six previously missions, including four previous Starlink launches and two other satellite launches. The bonnet consists of two parts, one previously used in one mission and the other in two previous missions.