Updated May 24, 2019 (yes, I know the update is before it was posted):
Update for 11 p.m. EDT: SpaceX has successfully launched its 1st 60 Starlink satellites into orbit. Deployment is coming up next. Read our full story here!
For Space Saturdays, May 25, 2019, I chose SpaceX Launched Thursday, May 23, 2019 – SpaceX Will Make History with 60-Satellite Launch Tonight: https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-launch-make-history.html.
According to Twitter on Thursday (May 23, 2019) evening, https://twitter.com/SpaceX?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor, SpaceX is supposed to launch later that night. I am writing this post a couple of hours before the launch is scheduled to take place.
I was rooting for the launch to happen and be a success. They previously launched 64 spacecraft in December 2018, the most launched from American soil. It’s also not the world’s record as India launched 104 satellites in February 2017.
The 60-satellite tally will not be a SpaceX record, by the way. In December 2018, a Falcon 9 lofted 64 tiny spacecraft to Earth orbit — the most ever launched aboard a single rocket from American soil. (India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle set the international record with a 104-satellite liftoff in February 2017.)
The December 2018 mission was the first SpaceX launch to feature a twice-flown Falcon 9 first stage. The first stage lifting off tonight has also flown twice before; it also lofted communications satellites in September 2018 and January of this year.
Past Space Saturdays: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/space-saturdays/