Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch first Starlink satellites of 2021 on Tuesday

SpaceX will launch a batch of 60 Starlink satellites from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday (January 19) to expand the company's growing megaconstellation and will dispatch a Falcon 9 rocket as part of its 17th Starlink mission. It will be the first Starlink launch for the year and second launch for Elon Musk's spaceflight company in 2021.

This will be the 17th time that SpaceX has sent Starlink satellites into space. As part of this mission, over 60 Starlink internet satellites will be pushed into the Earth’s orbit, and join 1,000 other satellites. The goal of this mission is provide global space-based broadband coverage from up to 42,000 satellites.

The 17th Starlink mission will take off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A on Tuesday at 8.23 AM local time. Earlier, it was scheduled to take off on Monday at 8.45 AM local time.

It has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 8:23 a.m. EST, SpaceX tweeted.

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