SpaceX will launch a SiriusXM satellite tomorrow, Sunday, June 6th. The SXM-8 satellite will be part of the SiriusXM network for its satellite broadcast operations following the failure of its SXM-7 satellite earlier this year. This satellite was successfully launched but failed in orbit.
For this latest launch, SpaceX will be streaming the event live and we have all the details on how to watch from home.
What to expect from the launch
The satellite will be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
As is typical of SpaceX launches, parts of the Falcon 9 were used on previous missions. The rocket’s first stage booster flew on both the Crew-1 and Crew-2 missions that brought astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station. SpaceX recently set a record by using a single boost for 10 missions, which is a milestone the company has long sought as a goal of reusability.
The aim of this introduction is to recapture the booster so that it can continue to be used in the future. The drone ship “Just Read the Instructions” will be stationed in the Atlantic to catch the booster as soon as it separates from the rocket.
This is how you see the start
The launch will be streamed live by SpaceX so you can follow all the action from home. To watch the live stream, you can either use the video player embedded at the top of this page or go to SpaceX’s YouTube channel.
Launch is scheduled for Sunday, June 6, at 12:26 p.m. ET (9:26 a.m. PT). The livestream coverage begins approximately 15 minutes before take-off, i.e. at approximately 12:10 p.m. ET (9:10 a.m. PT). ) on Saturday.
Coverage includes final pre-launch preparations, launch, the rocket’s ascent into the atmosphere before the first and second stages separate, capture of the first stage on a drone ship when it returns to Earth, and confirmation of the deployment of the Satellites. The deployment should take place approximately 30 minutes after take-off.
If the start cannot take place on Sunday due to bad weather, there will also be a backup start window on Monday, June 7th.