How to watch SpaceX’s latest Starlink satellite launch today

SpaceX will soon launch a series of Starlink satellites today, Dec. 18, using a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

The launch will be streamed live and we’ve got the details on how to watch it at home.

The launch is scheduled for 4:41 a.m. PT, but if there are any issues with today’s launch, there is a backup option for launch tomorrow, Sunday, December 19, at 1:03 a.m. PT.

As is typical for its launches, SpaceX will livestream the launch of the rocket, as well as information about the separation of the rocket stages and the eventual insertion of the Starlink satellites into orbit. There should also be video footage of the rocket’s first stage returning to Earth and being captured in the Pacific Ocean by one of SpaceX’s droneships.

You can watch the video embedded above, or visit SpaceX’s YouTube channel. The live stream will start about 15 minutes before launch, so that will be around 4:25 p.m. PT.

What to expect from the launch

SpaceX will use a Falcon 9 rocket for this launch and, as is typical of the company, parts of the rocket will be reused from previous missions.

“Falcon 9’s first stage booster to support this mission previously launched Dragon’s first crew demonstration mission, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, SXM-7 and seven Starlink missions,” SpaceX wrote in a statement. “After phase separation, the first phase will return to Earth and land on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You, stationed in the Pacific Ocean.”

Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite internet service, which uses a network of satellites to provide broadband internet coverage even in remote areas. The program is currently in beta, where early access customers will be able to use a basic version of the service. The launch of 52 Starlink satellites today will further expand the network.

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