Watch SpaceX launch 15 Starlink satellites to orbit early Wednesday

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will send another batch of the company's Starlink internet satellites to orbit early Wednesday (July 19), and you can watch the action live.

A Falcon 9 rocket topped with 15 Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to launch from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base on Wednesday at 1:25 a.m. EDT (0525 GMT; 10:25 p.m. on July 18 local California time).

You can watch the liftoff live here at, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly via the company. Coverage is expected to begin about five minutes before launch.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches a batch of the company's Starlink broadband satellites on March 3, 2023. (Image credit: SpaceX)

If all goes according to plan, the rocket's first stage will return to Earth for a vertical touchdown about 8.5 minutes after launch on the SpaceX droneship Of Course I Still Love You.

It will be the 10th liftoff and landing for this booster, according to a SpaceX mission description. The record for a Falcon 9 first stage is 16, set on July 9 and tied on July 15.

The Falcon 9's upper stage will continue carrying the 15 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO), deploying them there about 15 minutes after launch.

Starlink is SpaceX's constellation of broadband satellites, which currently consists of 4,450 operational spacecraft in LEO, according to astrophysicist and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell.

That number will continue to rise far into the future. SpaceX has permission to loft 12,000 Starlink satellites and has applied for approval to deploy another 30,000 on top of that.

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Mike Wall
Senior Space Writer

Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.