Update: Liftoff! SpaceX successfully launched this mission from Cape Canaveral at 4:40 p.m. EDT, then landed the brand new booster on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It should arrive at Port Canaveral by early next week.
Follow live as SpaceX targets 4:40 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 14, for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket and batch of Starlink satellites from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
If everything goes according to plan, the 230-foot rocket will deliver 53 internet-beaming satellites to low-Earth orbit for the company’s 47th Starlink mission to date. Launch Complex 40 will host.
After a flight toward the northeast, the rocket’s first stage will target a landing on the Just Read the Instructions drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
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