Watch live: SpaceX to launch more Starlink satellites from Florida

A Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft seen launching from Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on Wednesday. Friday Space X plans to launch another batch of Starlink satellites from Florida. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo

April 29 (UPI) — Space X plans to launch another batch of Starlink satellites into orbit late Friday afternoon and will provide a live-stream video of the launch.

Elon Musk’s Space X said in a statement that a Falcon 9 rocket will carry 53 satellites into space by a from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Launch Complex 40.

The company said weather conditions look favorable, with an 80% chance of “go” conditions at launch, scheduled for 5:27 pm EDT.

Friday’s launch will be the 44th Starlink mission. Space X now has a constellation of more than 2,000 satellites in low-Earth orbit, providing Internet connectivity to hundreds of thousands of users.

An April 21 Space X Starlink launch was delayed for three hours by strong winds.

The company has provided Starlink ground terminals to the Ukrainian government for use during the Russian invasion.

Ukraine minister of digital transformation Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted a thank-you to Musk for a Starlink shipment Ukraine received at the end of February.

“While you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people!” Fedorov wrote.

The Falcon 9 is a reusable, two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by Space X. The company says it’s safe transport for people and payloads “into Earth orbit and beyond.”

The reusability, Space X said, allows costs to be driven down by re-using the most expensive parts of the rocket.

From left to right, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., on November 8. Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA | License Photo


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