SpaceX’s Starlink Spectacle: 23 Satellites Soaring on Dec. 12
Catch the excitement as SpaceX gets ready for a spectacular launch on December 12th from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The mission is all about sending 23 new Starlink internet satellites into orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket. If you’re eager to witness the event, mark your calendar for the launch window opening at 11:02 p.m. EST. You can follow the live stream on SpaceX’s X account (formerly Twitter) just five minutes before liftoff.
Doubleheader Drama: SpaceX’s Plan for X-37B and Starlink Launches
In an unexpected twist, SpaceX might pull off a doubleheader on the same night by launching the U.S. Space Force’s X-37B space plane from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Originally slated for Monday night, both missions faced delays. SpaceX attributed the Falcon Heavy scrub to a ground issue and gave no specific reason for the Starlink push.
- Reusable Rocket Triumph: Falcon 9’s Dazzling Vertical Landing
Assuming a smooth launch, watch in awe as the Falcon 9’s first stage returns to Earth for a vertical landing just 8.5 minutes after liftoff. This remarkable booster, having completed two prior missions—Crew-7 and CRS-29—will touch down on the droneship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.
Starlink Constellation Grows: 5,000+ Satellites and Counting
About 65.5 minutes after liftoff, witness the deployment of the 23 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. SpaceX’s internet megaconstellation, Starlink, has experienced rapid growth and now boasts over 5,000 operational spacecraft. Notably, SpaceX has been on a mission spree in 2023, with over 90 orbital launches, the majority dedicated to fortifying the Starlink constellation.
Editor’s Note: Stay tuned for updates! This article was last updated on Dec. 11 at 8:40 p.m. ET, reflecting the delays in the X-37B and Starlink launches.deoravijendra
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