SpaceX is set to launch its first satellites in 2022, putting dozens of Starlink satellites into orbit.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, on May 26, 2021. (Image credit: SpaceX)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, on May 26, 2021. (Image credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX is launching its first rocket of the year today to bring additional Starlink satellites to orbit.


Kennedy Space Center in Florida will blast off the Falcon 9 rocket at 4:49 pm4:49 pm on January 6. The time zone utilized is Eastern Standard Time (EST). Even if Thursday's launch is postponed, there will be a second opportunity for liftoff on January 7 at 4:28 pm4:28 pm.


A live webcast will be available on SpaceX's YouTube channel starting 15 minutes before liftoff. To watch the launch live, you must buy daily admission to the Kennedy Space Center, including a viewing area.


Customer access to global satellite internet will be available through SpaceX's Starlink program. Small satellite dishes purchased from SpaceX and installed outside customers' homes communicate with a network of thousands of tiny, Earth-circling satellites.


49 internet-enabled Stаrlink satellites will be relocated to low-Earth orbit on Thursday during the mission. Once again, Stаrlink is counting on this launch to bring the total number of satellites deployed to just shy of 2,000, if everything goes well.


According to SpaceX, the first-generation rocket booster used to launch the satellites has already been used three times, including the launch of Inspiration4 in September of last year, the world's first all-civilian space flight.


About 15 minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 rocket will release the satellites.


Stаrlink and other large-satellite-constellation proposals have been accused of distorting the night sky, making it more difficult for astronomers to see.


Using a dark coating on its satellites, Stаrlink "leads the industry" in terms of innovations to make its satellites less bright and less disruptive to astronomy, according to SpаceX.


For the first time in 2022, a rocket will be launched into space on Thursdаy, kicking off an exciting year of space research.


The development of the Stаrship rocket, which is slated to launch in the first half of this year, is expected to continue.


The first-ever launch of NASA's moon-bound SLS rocket is scheduled for spring of this year.


The JWST, which was just launched, will begin gathering photographs later this year, and the DART mission, which will test Earth's defenses against space debris, will smash into an asteroid later this year.


SpaceX intends to launch five Falcon 9 rockets from the East Coast in 2022.



There is speculation that SpaceX is already preparing five East Coast launches in January of the new year, according to an official US Space Force statement on Cape Canaveral's "exceptionally busy" 2022 schedule.


The director made no specific mention as to who would be launching. Still, they did confirm that "seven total launches" are planned for January 2022 from Cape Canaveral facilities (including NASA's Kennedy Space Center) — five to "polar" orbits and two to more typical semi-equatorial inclinations.


While most of the missions referred to as "polar" is unlikely to launch satellites that would orbit the Earth's poles, the phrase nearly guarantees that five of the planned launches will be Falcon 9 rockets.


SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy flight in over two and a half years will have to wait until at least February 2022 due to this new information.

 

Publicly scheduled launches by the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) operations director include two non-SpaceX missions in January 2022.


Space Force 8 — a pair of military surveillance satellites that will be launched no earlier than January 21 — seems to be on track for a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket liftoff. Despite the predicted delays, Astra announced that its first Cape Canaveral 'Rocket 3' launch will take place in January 2022.


SpaceX is responsible for the rest of the missions slated for this month, with just two non-SpaceX launches taking place. SpaceX has shown time and time again that it can launch four East Coast flights in less than a month.


SpaceX will begin another record-breaking year of launches on January 6 with the launch of its Starlink 4-5 mission at (NET) 4:49 pm4:49 pm EDT (21:00 UTC). Transporter-3, SpaceX's third dedicated rideshare mission, is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral at 10:25 EST (15:25 UTC) on Monday, January 13, delivering a fresh batch of small satellites into orbit.


When SpaceX's final confirmed launch of January occurs at the end of the month, another Falcon 9 rocket will loft Italy's CSG-2 Earth observation satellite into orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket must launch from the southeast to carry out the Starlink 4-5 mission, even though it will remain in semi-polar orbits despite its 53.2-degree latitude.


NASA's forecast of five "polar" trips necessitates two additional Starlink missions from SpaceX. As a result of SpaceX's record turnaround times for LC-40 and LC-39A - five tasks are challenging but not impossible.


SpaceX may possibly launch Starlink 4-5 on January 6 (39A), Transporter-3 on January 13 (LC-40), Starlink x-X on January 16 (39A), CSG-2 on January 13 (LC-40), and Starlink (X) on January 26 (1/26; theoretical) (39A). A delay of up to five days is possible for the third hypothetical Starlink mission before it slips into February after the 22nd or 23rd of January, when CSG-2 may launch.


At SpaceX's West Coast Vandenberg facility, if Starlink V1.5 manufacture is healthy, one launch may be possible this month. SpaceX may postpone internal missions to ensure the launch pad is ready for the US military's NROL-87 Falcon 9 flight on February 2, 2022.

 

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