Elon Musk's SpaceX will be launching their tenth payload of Starlink satellites this afternoon

Elon Musk’s newest technology venture SpaceX is launching 60 new Starlink satellites into our atmosphere today (8 July).

The launch is the tenth of its kind, with the satellites joining hundreds of other unmanned  spacecraft in our atmosphere.

The company plans on launching a total of 12,000 satellites that will eventually form a global network of shuttles that will provide internet access across the planet.

SpaceX have previously released footage of the satellites leaving the ship on their Twitter account.

Each launch is reported to cost around $50-60 million (£40-£47 million), with the grand total cost of the project expected to cost well over £1 billion.

The satellites are so bright that they can often be seen rotating in the night sky in an eerie line of lights that look straight out of a science fiction film.

The lights have recently been dimmed, however, in order to cause less disruption for astronomers attempting to study the sky – but they are still visible when conditions are perfect.

Watch the launch live from the comfort of your own home

The newest addition to the network of Starlink satellites will be launched today at 15:54, according to the Kennedy Space Center – although the time and date is liable to change in the event of bad weather.

And despite them being launched across the pond, you can watch them yourself from the comfort of your own home.

SpaceX will be livestreaming the whole event for the world to see.

The launch will be streamed on their YouTube channel, which can be found here.

You can even see previous launches of theirs on the channel, including the most recent but one launch:



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