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Watch SpaceX launch 54 Starlink satellites from Florida tonight (Sept. 16) after delays

SpaceX plans to launch another big batch of its Starlink satellites to orbit Friday night (Sept. 16), and you could watch the action live.

SpaceX plans to loft 54 more Starlink broadband satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida Friday at 9: 05 p.m. EDT (0105 GMT on Sept. 17). You can view at Space.com, or directly via SpaceX (opens in new tab).

The flight plan demands a Falcon 9 rocket to transport the Starlink Group 4-34 satellites into space, and for the initial stage of the rocket to land on the Just Browse the Instructionsdroneship in the Atlantic Ocean about nine minutes later. It’ll be the sixth launch and landing because of this particular booster, SpaceX wrote in a mission description (opens in new tab).

Related: SpaceX’s Starlink megaconstellation launches in photos

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 51 Starlink internet satellites and the Sherpa-LTC2 space tug from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Sept. 4, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)

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Starlink is SpaceX’s broadband constellation of satellites. The organization has lofted a lot more than 3,200 of the satellites into orbit up to now. SpaceX is rapidly expanding the constellation, with launches happening almost every week and sometimes more regularly than that.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently said he hopes to launch around 100 SpaceX missions in 2023. The target is, partly, to crank up Starlink service as quickly as possible for the remote customers that the business really wants to serve.

SpaceX already has regulatory approval to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites. The business has also put on a global regulator to send another 30,000 of the satellites into orbit.

The business can be expanding the forms of customers which are accessing Starlink services.

SpaceX recently announced a collaboration with T-Mobile to beam broadband service right to mobile phones. Additionally, SpaceX signed with Royal Caribbean to offer Starlink on cruise lines, to boost Online sites at sea.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9: 45 p.m. ET on Sept. 13 with the new launch date of Sept. 14. SpaceX decided to launch the mission on Sept. 13 but scrubbed the attempt because of weather. It had been updated again at 8: 50 p.m. ET on Sept. 14 with the brand new launch date of Sept. 15. Inclement weather scrubbed the planned Sept. 14 attempt aswell. It had been updated again on Sept. 15, after inclement weather forced another scrub.

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Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is really a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she also tackles topics like diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to greatly help others explore the universe. Elizabeth’s on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, three space shuttle missions in Florida, and embedded reporting from the simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada’s Carleton University. Elizabeth can be a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Her latest book, Leadership Moments from NASA, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got thinking about space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, but still really wants to be an astronaut someday.

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