CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION — The weather looked like it could delay SpaceX’s Friday night launch of a Starlink mission, but it launched on time.

What You Need To Know

  • SpaceX lifted off on time from Space Launch Complex 40

The Falcon 9 rocket sent up the Starlink 6-59 mission from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, stated SpaceX

The launch window opened at 8:32 p.m. ET, with the launch taking place shortly after.

Going up

This is the 21st mission for the Falcon 9's first-stage booster B1062. Here are the impressive 20 missions B1062 has done before this launch.

After the stage separation, the first-stage rocket is expected to land on the droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas that will be in the Atlantic Ocean.

About the mission

The 23 satellites from the Starlink company, owned by SpaceX, will be heading to low-Earth orbit to join the thousands already there.

Dr. Jonathan McDowell, of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has been recording Starlink satellites.

Before this launch, McDowell documented the following:

  • 6,017 are in orbit
  • 5,240 are in operational orbit


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