April 23, 2021

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SpaceX Starlink launch: How to watch today’s rocket launch live from the UK

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a batch of Starlink satellites. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto)...

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a batch of Starlink satellites. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto)

SpaceX is preparing to launch another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit this afternoon.

The private company, run by billionaire Elon Musk, will send a Falcon 9 reusable rocket into space from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 8.46am local time.

That translates to 1.46pm here in the UK and UK space enthusiasts will be able to watch the entire launch live.

SpaceX will be livestreaming the mission on its official YouTube channel with commentary and analysis during the proceedings. The webcasts traditionally begin about 15 minutes before liftoff.

Local weather reports suggest there’s an 80% chance of fair weather, so it’s unlikely the launch will be cancelled or postponed.

Like previous Falcon 9 missions, SpaceX will attempt to recover the rocket for re-use at a later date. The first stage will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean about nine minutes after takeoff, while the second stage nose cone will be recovered later.

SpaceX already has 600 Starlink satellites in orbit and has been granted permission for up to 12,000 to be up there.

SpaceX will provide a live webcast of the launch (Photo by HO/SPACEX/AFP via Getty Images)

The goal of Starlink is to provide global broadband coverage from orbit, rather than relying on a network of cell towers here on Earth.

On clear nights, the satellites can be seen moving across the sky. They look like a string of small dots moving in line across the cosmos.

What is Starlink?

Starlink satellites will form a chain of lights in the sky (SpaceX)

Starlink satellites daisy-chain together in orbit to beam a broadband signal down to Earth (SpaceX)

Launched in batches of 60, each Starlink satellite houses powerful antennas to receive an internet signal and beam it around the planet and back down to receivers on Earth.

‘With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable,’ SpaceX writes on its website.

At the moment Starlink satellites are in a parked orbit around Earth as SpaceX continues to add more to the constellation.

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