Replay: SpaceX launching 143 satellites on Transporter-1 mission

Space.com Staff
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 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands atop its Cape Canaveral Space Force Station launch pad to launch 143 satellites on the Transporter-1 rideshare mission from Florida's Space Coast on Jan. 23, 2021.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands atop its Cape Canaveral Space Force Station launch pad to launch 143 satellites on the Transporter-1 rideshare mission from Florida's Space Coast on Jan. 23, 2021.

Update for Jan. 24: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched dozens of satellites into orbit today. Update for Jan. 24: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched dozens of satellites into orbit today. Read our full story here.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Transporter-1 rideshare mission with dozens of satellites on Sunday (Jan. 24), and you can watch it live here. The rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, during a one-hour launch window opens at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT)

Following liftoff, the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage is expected to land on SpaceX's drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You," which is waiting out in the Atlantic. The rocket's upper stage will then start to deploy dozens of satellites, including 48 Earth-observing SuperDove satellites for Planet, one small nanosatellite called "Charlie" for Aurora Insight, and 10 of the company's own Starlink satellites. 

You can watch the launch in the window above, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly via the company's website. SpaceX will provide live commentary on its webcast beginning about 15 minutes before liftoff. 

Full story: SpaceX to launch dozens of satellites on Transporter-1 flight Saturday and you can watch it live

   

From SpaceX

SpaceX is targeting Sunday, January 24 for launch of Transporter-1, SpaceX’s first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The 22-minute launch window opens at 10:00 a.m. EST, or 15:00 UTC.

Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously supported launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration mission, the ANASIS-II mission, a Starlink mission, and launch of Dragon’s 21st cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

On board this launch are 133 commercial and government spacecraft (including CubeSats, microsats, and orbital transfer vehicles) and 10 Starlink satellites – the most spacecraft ever deployed on a single mission. The Starlink satellites aboard this mission will be the first in the constellation to deploy to a polar orbit.

You can watch a live webcast of this mission, which will begin about 15 minutes prior to liftoff, above.

'ISS Live!' Tune in to the space station

Find out what the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are up to by tuning in to the "ISS Live" broadcast. Hear conversations between the crew and mission controllers on Earth and watch them work inside the U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory. When the crew is off duty, you can enjoy live views of Earth from Space. You can watch and listen in the window below, courtesy of NASA.

From NASA:

"Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During 'loss of signal' periods, viewers will see a blue screen.

"Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below." 

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