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SpaceX to launch sixth batch of Starlink internet satellites today

Approximately eight minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return to Earth, which is scheduled to touch down on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. 

SpaceX is all set to launch its sixth batch of 60 Starlink satellites to join its ever-growing broadband internet mega constellation on Sunday.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Starlink mission to a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Liftoff is scheduled for no earlier than 9:22 a.m. EST (5:22 pm local time).

SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The goal of the Starlink project is to provide users with high-speed internet access around the world. The company plans to achieve that by launching a massive constellation of broadband internet satellites.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has previously stated that the company will need at least 400 Starlink satellites in orbit to offer “minor” broadband coverage, and at least 800 to provide “moderate” coverage.