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Falcon 9 sits ready on the launchpad for the final Iridium NEXT mission.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to bring speedy broadband to the world, providing a megaconstellation of satellites that swarm around the Earth like a flock of internet-capable pigeons looking for some bread.
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Okay, bad analogy, but for Musk to achieve his lofty goal, SpaceX will need to successfully launch 60 satellites currently tucked neatly away inside a Falcon 9 payload bay. After high winds delayed the mission Wednesday, things are looking good for launch Thursday evening.
The Starlink mission is set to deliver those first 60 internet satellites to orbit Thursday. Provided everything goes as planned, the launch will pave the way for a satellite megaconstellation that will eventually contain over 12,000 of the miniature internet-providing boxes of future tech.
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The launch window is scheduled to open at 7:30 p.m. PT and close at 9 p.m. PT on May 16.
As is par for the course for SpaceX now, the company will attempt to land the Falcon 9 booster on a droneship known as "Of Course I Still Love You," floating along in the Atlantic Ocean. Around an hour into the mission, the satellites will be deployed.
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If you're the kind of person who loves a spaceship and wants to watch along, SpaceX will provide a live stream Thursday at the webcast homepage. You can catch...
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