follow live the very first Starlink mission of the year

SpaceX will launch 60 new Starlink satellites on January 20. The take-off can be followed live and online.

The Starlink launch in summary

  • What? The putting into orbit of 60 Starlink satellites;
  • When? January 20, 2021, at 2:02 p.m. (Paris time);
  • Or ? At the Kennedy Space Center, Florida;
  • What will we see? The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and the launching of 60 satellites.

What is the mission?

This will be the first mission of the year for Starlink, the name given by SpaceX to its project to deploy a constellation of satellites whose role is to provide Internet access to people in regions poorly served by terrestrial telecoms infrastructure or who are lacking. This is the seventeenth Starlink mission. Almost a thousand Starlink satellites are already orbiting the Earth.

Originally planned for 2020, Starlink’s commercial start-up is expected to take place in 2021 in the United States. However, international projects for this service are more vague. A closed beta test was initiated last year and according to the first clues about the performance of the satellite network, the speed could reach 100 Mbps – enough to see several videos in high definition at the same time.

The very spectacular return of the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. // Source: SpaceX

Last fall, the price of access to such a service was also discussed. At the time, it was argued that a Starlink subscription would charge a customer $ 99 per month, according to an email from the Satellite Internet Service. However, there is also a question of buying a specific connection kit, billed at several hundred dollars.

The Falcon 9 rocket that will be used in this firing includes items that have already been used for previous flights. Thus, the first stage has already served seven times’ four Starlink missions, the first Crew Dragon demonstration flight in March 2019, a RadarSat mission in June 2019 and an SXM-7 mission in December 2020. In addition, a fairing half has already served on one Starlink mission and the other on two.

SpaceX plans to land the first stage of the rocket on a boat with a suitable platform. The ship will be off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic.

Launch date

Originally scheduled for Monday, January 18, and then Tuesday, January 19, the very first mission of the year for Starlink is now expected on Wednesday, January 20, at 8:02 a.m. local time. Given the time difference, it will then be 2:02 p.m. in metropolitan France. This postponement was decided to allow SpaceX to conduct additional inspections before takeoff of the Falcon 9 rocket, but also because of the weather.

How to follow the live launch

The shot is broadcast on the SpaceX official website, as well as on his YouTube channel. It can be followed directly in the embedded video below.

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