Watch SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket packed with Starlink satellites this Star Wars Day - Space.com
May 04, 2021 1 min, 8 secs
— SpaceX is getting in on the Star Wars Day action as it's planning to launch its own Falcon into space this May the Fourth.

A veteran Falcon 9 rocket will ferry a full stack of Starlink satellites into space on Tuesday afternoon (May 4) and you can watch it live online. .

The Hawthorne, California-based company will launch one of its fleet leaders, a very sooty Falcon 9 rocket dubbed B1049.

You can watch the launch live here and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of SpaceX, beginning about 15 minutes before liftoff.

And here's a fun SpaceX fact for Star Wars Day: The company's founder and CEO Elon Musk named the its Falcon rocket family after the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars.

Related: SpaceX's Starlink satellite megaconstellation launches in photos.

Tuesday's flight, called Starlink 25, is the 13th mission so far for SpaceX in 2021.

Ever since the first Starlink satellites got off the ground, SpaceX has planned for its initial constellation to be 1,440 satellites strong.

This launch marks the 117th flight overall for SpaceX's 229-foot-tall (70 meters) Falcon 9 booster.

The star of the mission is one of SpaceX's flight leaders: a eight-time veteran Falcon 9 first stage, designated B1049. .

This frequent flyer made its debut in 2018, carrying the Telstar 18V satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral before trekking across the country to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from SpaceX's pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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