SpaceX to Launch Italian Surveillance Satellite on Thursday, Starlink Satellites on Saturday

SpaceX is scheduled to launch the Italian Space Agency’s COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation radar surveillance satellite tonight from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The launch is scheduled for 6:11 p.m. EST (2311 GMT). It will be the company’s fourth launch of the year.

After stage separation, Falcon 9 will return to Earth and land on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission previously supported the launch of Arabsat-6A and STP-2. One half of the fairings supporting this mission previously supported Transporter-1, Transporter-2, and one Starlink mission, and the other half previously supported SAOCOM 1B, Transporter-2, and one Starlink mission.

SpaceX plans to launch another group of Starlink broadband satellites from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, Jan. 29. The launch is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT).

SpaceX will stream both launches beginning about 15 minutes before liftoff.