SpaceX to Launch New Rocket Off California Coast – NBC Los Angeles

About four dozen Internet satellites will be launched into low Earth orbit on Monday by a SpaceX rocket launched from the California coast.

The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off Monday night from Vandenberg Space Force Base northwest of Santa Barbara. SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket’s first-stage booster on the Of Course I Still Love You drone stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

Here’s what you should know and how to watch.

WHEN IS THE NEXT LAUNCH OF THE SPACEX ROCKET?

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch window opens Monday at 4:56 p.m. California time. A backup launch window opens on Tuesday at 4:35 pm California time.

The Vandenberg SFB launch comes two days before the scheduled launch of SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station. That launch is scheduled for 12:00 pm ET at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Early Saturday morning, Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base, arced over the Pacific, and dropped several small satellites into orbit.

HOW CAN I WATCH THE SPACEX ROCKET LAUNCH?

A live webcast of the mission will begin about five minutes before the rockets take off using this link or by watching the YouTube video above.

Live coverage will begin about five minutes before the 4:56 pm launch window opens.

The first-stage booster will detach and then return to Earth with a drone landing in the Pacific Ocean for reuse on future missions.

WILL THE ROCKET BE VISIBLE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA?

Sunset isn’t until 6:34 p.m. Monday in Los Angeles, so a spectacular sight isn’t likely. Night launches and those that close at sunset offer better viewing conditions.

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The rocket will climb for several seconds and then gradually turn south-southeast and climb into orbit.

In December 2017, a launch after sunset wowed Southern Californians who saw this amazing sight during stage separation.

Video from NBCLA’s TowerCam in Universal City, about 150 miles from Space Force Base, captured a glowing orange object on the horizon as a SpaceX rocket climbed steadily in the dark after a launch on August 31.

WHAT ARE STARLINK SATELLITES?

SpaceX has a Starlink constellation of satellites that orbit the Earth about 340 miles up. Satellites have been carried into space by SpaceX rockets.

The Starlink network is designed to offer high-speed Internet anywhere in the world. SpaceX said in March that there are about 250,000 total Starlink subscribers, which includes both consumer and business customers.

CAN I SEE THE STARLINK SATELLITES IN ORBIT?

Yes, sometimes they put on a heavenly show. If the light conditions are right, the satellites appear on a train as they parade through the night sky.

Satellites are sometimes visible in the first few minutes after sunset and before sunrise when the sun is below the horizon, but the satellites are high enough to reflect direct sunlight.

Use the FindStarlink tracker to find the best upcoming viewing times.

This article was published on NBCLA, sister network of Telemundo 52. To read the story in English you can go to the following link.

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