Watch the First SpaceX Launch of 2022: 49 Starlink Satellites [VIDEO]
SpaceX is set to launch 49 Starlink satellites into orbit from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, set for 4:49pm ET. This is the first launch in 2022 for SpaceX.
This particular Falcon 9 first stage booster will be flying for the fourth time, after previously launching the GPS III-4, GPS III-5, and Inspiration4 missions. The rocket is slated to land on the drone ship, A Shortfall of Gravitas, set in the Atlantic Ocean.
The faring halves today are flight-ready as well, flying their 5th and 4th times, after being recovered.
Check out the live launch video below, with the launch set in the next 5 minutes or so:
Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship
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SpaceX says Starlink is now operating in 25 countries and has 145,000 users worldwide.