In the wee hours of Wednesday morning (July 3), SpaceX is scheduled to launch another batch of its Starlink broadband satellites from Florida.

On Wednesday, at 2:57 a.m. EDT (0601 GMT), a three-hour window will open for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 20 Starlink satellites, including 13 with direct-to-cell capability, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

About eight minutes after launch, if everything goes as planned, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will return to Earth. The droneship named “A Shortfall of Gravitas,” which will be positioned in the Atlantic Ocean, is where it will make its landing.

As per the SpaceX mission description, this marks the booster’s 16th launch and landing. Its fifteen trips so far have included ten Starlink flights.

The 20 satellites will be launched into low Earth orbit by the Falcon 9’s upper stage, and they will be deployed around 61 minutes after liftoff.

The Falcon 9 mission launched on Wednesday morning is the 67th mission of 2024. This year, more than 70 percent of the rocket’s liftoffs have been used to expand the Starlink megaconstellation, which now has over 6,150 operational satellites.

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