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SpaceX To Launch 53 Starlink Satellites Despite Russia’s ‘Space ᴡᴀʀ’ Threat

SpαceX is targeting the launch of a new batch of Starlink satellites from the Cape Canaveral Spαce Force Station in Florida on April 21. The Falcon 9 rocket will liftoff at 11:21 pm (IST) carrying 53 satellites to boost the internet providing constellation.

This forthcoming launch will be a record-tying one as the booster being used today will be used for the 12th orbital mission. Initially scheduled for 8:44 pm (IST), the liftoff has been deferred to the aforementioned time due to bad weather.

How to watch the Starlink launch?

SpαceX will air the liftoff live on its official YouTube channel a few minutes prior to the scheduled time. Interested viewers can also tune into the company’s official Twitter handle to watch the Starlink mission. Currently, SpαceX has around 2,300 Starlink satellites in orbit, and the company wants to take the number to 30,000.

The company is aiming for a record number of launches this year and is strictly following its plan. So far, SpαceX has conducted 14 missions in 2022, eight of which have been for Starlink. Late last month, CEO Elon Musk revealed that SpαceX would conduct 60 launches this year and over 4,200 Starlink satellites will be operational within 18 months.

SpαceX moves ahead despite Russiα’s warning

SpαceX’s next launch will be the second within ten days as it recently completed the NROL-85 mission on April 17. Additionally, this Starlink mission would be the 12th for this particular Falcon 9 booster, equalling another launcher that set the record last month. However, this launch would also be the first for Starlink, after Russiα ordered to destroy the satellites hovering over its territory, the special military operation zone, and the Black Sea basin.

The Elon Musk-led firm is also assisting Ukrαine with its internet services through Starlink. Earlier, a report by the Times of London had claimed that Ukrαine’s special drone unit was destroying Russiαn weapons using Starlink internet. As for Russiα’s threat, it followed after Ukrαine sank the Russiαn ᴡᴀʀship Moskva stationed in the Black Sea. However, Ukrαiniαns have extensively used Musk’s internet services, many even thanking the billionaire for Starlink’s assistance.