SpaceX set to launch next batch of Starlink satellites into orbit

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — SpaceX is once again gearing up to launch another batch of Starlink communications satellites into orbit from the Space Coast.

They’re aiming for the morning of Friday, May 6 to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 53 more satellites into low-earth orbit from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

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The launch window opens at 5:42 a.m. A backup window is available Saturday at 5:20 a.m.

Just over eight minutes after launch the Falcon 9′s first stage booster will return to Earth, landing on the “A Shortfall of Gravitas” Droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.

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The same booster has been used previously for the Crew-2 crewed test flight, two “Transporter” Smallsat rideshare program launches, and six other Starlink missions.

A live broadcast of the launch is available online starting 15 minutes before liftoff.

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