The Falcon 9 rocket booster that was sentin May is recovered Friday when SpaceX plans to ship 60 to circle on top of its column of fire.
Elon Musk’s reusable rocket will make its third flight as it takes off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 10:57 PT (13:57 ET). This specific device sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit in May and thenin July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to .
The launch was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was scrapped and pushed back one day due to a “recovery issue”;. It may be that SpaceX did not like the look of the weather in the Atlantic where the first stage and the cover would be restored.
Half of the nose shots, or cover, on top of the rocket have also seen two previous flights, both previous Starlink missions.
This should be a fairly routine launch. It will be the 13th Starlink mission to date, and SpaceX is ultimately planning on dozens more as it grows its mega-constellation broadband.
After the launch and separation of the rocket’s second stage and payload, the first-stage amplifier will return to Earth to land on a drone in the Atlantic.
SpaceX will stream the whole thing via the feed above and start about 10 minutes before launch.