Increasing a new group of its orbital routers has become a matter of routine for SpaceX when it works build a mega-constellation
with thousands of individual satellites in an orbit around the earth. But this mission stands to put a few feathers in Musk’s hood.
The first phase of the Falcon 9 rocket is ready to take its seventh flight, which would be a rocket recycling record for the company. The booster previously flew on four Starlink missions and a few major satellite satellites.
SpaceX will likely try to land a booster on a drone ship in the Atlantic shortly after launch and may also try to capture the two halves of the nose cone or mantle with another pair of ships.
All of this is happening about 10 hours after SpaceX is scheduled to carry out another major launch on the other side of the country. On Saturday morning, another Falcon 9 from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California explodes with the new NASA / European Space Agency Sentinel 6 Michael Freilich satellite designed to monitor global sea level rise and improve the weather forecast.
This launch is currently scheduled for 9:17 am PT and you can findin our previous coverage.
On Saturday night, the Starlink launch is set for 19:17 PT (22:17 ET) on Saturday. You can see it all right here. We will add livestream to this post when it becomes available.