You can watch the launch live as SpaceX prepares to launch a sizable batch of its Starlink internet satellites early on June 22.
On Thursday at 3:19 a.m. EDT (07:19 GMT; 12:19 a.m. local time), a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 47 Starlink satellites is planned to launch from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base.
Watch it live at Space.com thanks to SpaceX, or go to the company’s website directly. Approximately five minutes before launch, coverage will start.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 will touch down on Earth around eight minutes and 45 seconds after launch, assuming all goes as planned. It will touch down on the Pacific Ocean-based SpaceX droneship Of Course I Still Love You.
According to a mission description from SpaceX, this specific rocket will be launched and landed three times.
About 19 minutes after launch, the top stage of the Falcon 9 will continue to launch the 47 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit.
According to astronomer and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell, SpaceX has launched roughly 4,600 Starlink satellites to far, more than 4,200 of which are currently in operation.
And well into the future, the broadband megaconstellation will keep expanding. SpaceX has been given authorization to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites, and it has also requested permission to launch an additional 30,000 spacecraft.
If everything goes as planned, Thursday’s Starlink mission will be the first of a pair of early-morning spaceflight missions: Two hours later, at 5:18 a.m. EDT (09:18 GMT), a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket is slated to launch a classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.