SpaceX fail to land booster rocket during Starlink mission

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SpaceX has said it is hoping to launch a Falcon 9 rocket tomorrow, February 28. Onboard the rocket will be 60 Starlink satellites, which will join the one thousand plus Starlink satellites already in orbit. After Falcon 9 has delivered the satellites into space, it will then return to Earth and land on an installed platform in the sea off the coast of Florida.

This is the 19th major Starlink launch and increases Starlink’s satellite presence to more than 1,100 in orbit.

SpaceX will live stream the event on its YouTube channel, with proceedings kicking off 15 minutes before launch time.

The launch will take place at 1.37am, which you can watch here on Express.co.uk, courtesy of a live broadcast from SpaceX which has been embedded on this page.

Mr Musk’s company said proceedings will kick off roughly 15 minutes before the scheduled launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

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SpaceX said: “SpaceX is targeting Sunday, February 28 for launch of 60 Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“The instantaneous window is at 8.37pm EST, or 1.37 UTC on March 1.

“The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster supporting this mission previously flew on seven missions: the Iridium-8 mission, the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission, and five Starlink missions.

“Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ droneship, which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean.

“One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously flew on three Starlink missions, and the other half previously supported two Starlink missions.

“Unbounded by traditional ground infrastructure, Starlink can deliver high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable.

“At a time when more people are working from home and more students are participating in virtual learning, internet connectivity is more important than ever.

“With Starlink, we are able to deploy quickly to areas that need it most.”

SpaceX has recently been given regulatory approval for the UK, meaning customers could begin signing up.

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Mr Musk has plans to get thousands of satellites into orbit, meaning no one will have to go without broadband.

To receive the Starlink internet, users will have to have a satellite dish installed.

However, Ofcom has given approval for dishes to be installed across UK homes, Bloomberg confirmed.

But Starlink will not come cheap to potential UK users. The initial cost of having the hardware set up is £439, plus another £54 for shipping fees.

On top of this, users will have to pay a further £84 a month to receive Starlink’s broadband.

Mr Musk has goals to get 12,000 Starlink satellites into orbit by 2026.

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