SpaceX will launch on Thursday, September 17 at 2:19 p.m. EDT, 18:19 UTC, for the launch of its thirteenth Starlink mission, which will put 60 Starlink satellites into orbit. Falcon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A backup opportunity is available on Friday, September 18 at 1:57 p.m. EDT, 17:57 UTC.
The first stage of Falcon 9 previously supported the launch of the first Crew Dragon flight to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts on board and the ANASIS-II mission. After stage separation, SpaceX will land the first stage of the Falcon 9 on the “Just Read Instructions” drone, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. One of the Falcon 9’s fairing halves was compatible with two previous Starlink releases.
The Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 1 hour and 1 minute after lift-off.
You can watch the launch webcast here, which starts about 10 minutes before takeoff. For updates on Starlink news and service availability in your area, visit starlink.com.