Elon Musk’s firm is continuing to deliver on its promise to provide internet to every corner of the globe with the latest launch of a Starlink fleet. SpaceX is set to launch 60 new Starlink satellites onboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 7.51am EDT (12.51pm BST) from Florida.
The company will be broadcasting the event live from its YouTube channel, which will be available to watch here on Express.co.uk.
SpaceX said the live stream will kick off “about 15 minutes” before the scheduled launch.
It is the 13th batch of Starlink satellites to be launched into orbit, taking the total in space to more than 600.
SpaceX said on its website: “Falcon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
“Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported launch of Crew Dragon’s first flight to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts onboard and the ANASIS-II mission.
“Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
“One of Falcon 9’s fairing halves supported two previous Starlink launches.
“The Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 1 hour and 1 minute after liftoff.”
Starlink’s goal is to provide super-fast internet to all corners of the globe, by beaming signals down from space.
While the project is admirable, astronomers have also expressed their displeasure.
This is because the satellites travel above the planet, which are visible from Earth.
Astronomers say this is ruining their view of the night sky, which in turn halts scientific understanding of the Universe.
Last year, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) said in a statement: “The scientific concerns are twofold.
“Firstly, the surfaces of these satellites are often made of highly reflective metal, and reflections from the Sun in the hours after sunset and before sunrise make them appear as slow-moving dots in the night sky.
“Although most of these reflections may be so faint that they are hard to pick out with the naked eye, they can be detrimental to the sensitive capabilities of large ground-based astronomical telescopes, including the extreme wide-angle survey telescopes currently under construction.
“Secondly, despite notable efforts to avoid interfering with radio astronomy frequencies, aggregate radio signals emitted from the satellite constellations can still threaten astronomical observations at radio wavelengths.
“Recent advances in radio astronomy, such as producing the first image of a black hole or understanding more about the formation of planetary systems, were only possible through concerted efforts in safeguarding the radio sky from interference.”
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