How to Watch Spacex Launch Its Transporter-1 Mission Today
Update: The start was delayed due to bad weather. SpaceX says it will try again tomorrow, January 24th, with a launch window opening at 10:00 a.m. ET.
SpaceX is preparing to launch its SmallSat Rideshare program today. The Transporter-1 mission will carry a number of satellites from both private companies and government agencies to be deployed from a Falcon 9 rocket. In fact, the company says that the total of 133 spacecraft that will be put into orbit is the most that has ever been used on a single mission.
SpaceX will be broadcasting the launch live, including the exciting first stage catch, and we have all the details on how to watch it live.
What do you expect from the start?
The launch will take place in Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, where hopefully the weather will be good. According to a tweet that SpaceX posted yesterday, weather conditions are 60% favorable for the launch to take place today.
Spaceships Falcon 9 and 143 are vertically on Block 40 before tomorrow’s start of the Transporter-1 mission, the first special mission of the SmallSat Rideshare program. SpaceX’s 42-minute launch window opens at 9:40 a.m. and the weather is 60% favorable → https://t.co/bJFjLCzWdK pic.twitter.com/BFEnf8uru9
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 22, 2021
The special booster for the first stage of Falcon 9 used on this launch has already been used in several other missions, including the historic first flight test of the Crew Dragon capsule and crew, the ANASIS II mission, a Starlink mission and a replenishment mission to the International Space Station.
SpaceX will try to get to the first stage so it can be used again and the drone ship of course I still love you for making the catch in the Atlantic.
In addition to the sheer number of spaceships deployed, this mission is noteworthy as it is the first Starlink mission to station satellites in polar orbit.
SpaceX has had a busy week as it already launched another string of Starlink satellites on Wednesday.
This is how you see the start
The launch is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd. The 42-minute start window opens at 9:40 a.m. ES. SpaceX will be providing a livestream of the event, including final pre-launch prep, launch, first stage separation, fairing separation, first stage landing on the drone ship, and payload confirmation.
You can watch the live stream either on SpaceX’s YouTube channel or using the video embedded at the top of this page. Coverage begins 15 minutes prior to launch, around 9:25 a.m. ET.