SpaceX will launch a SiriusXM satellite tomorrow, Sunday, June 6. The SXM-8 satellite will be part of SiriusXM’s network for its satellite radio operations, following the failure of its SXM-7 satellite earlier this year. That satellite was successfully launched but failed while in orbit.
For this latest launch, SpaceX will be livestreaming the event and we’ve got all the details on how you can watch from home.
What to expect from launch
The satellite will be launched using a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
As is typical for SpaceX launches, parts of the Falcon 9 have been used in previous missions. The rocket’s first-stage booster flew on both Crew-1 and Crew-2 missions, carrying astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station. SpaceX recently set a record for 10 missions using a single boost, marking a milestone the company has long targeted as a goal of reusability.
The purpose of this launch is to once again capture the booster so that it can be continued in future use. The droneship “Just Read the Instructions” will be deployed in the Atlantic Ocean to capture the booster after it separates from the rocket.
How to watch launch
The launch will be livestreamed by SpaceX so you can follow all the action from home. To watch the livestream, you can either use the video player embedded at the top of this page or visit SpaceX’s YouTube Channel.
The launch is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 at 12:26 a.m. ET (9:26 a.m. PT). Coverage on the livestream will begin about 15 minutes before liftoff, so it’s about 12:10 a.m. ET (9:10 a.m. PT). ) on Saturday.
Coverage will include final preparations before launch, liftoff, the rocket’s ascent into the atmosphere before the first and second stages are separated, holding the first stage on the droneship as it returns to Earth, and confirmation. Regarding the deployment of satellites. Deployment should occur approximately 30 minutes after liftoff.
If the launch on Sunday does not go ahead due to bad weather, there is a backup launch window at the same time on Monday, June 7.