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SpaceX’s internet-satellite megaconstellation will start taking shape very soon.

The company plans to launch 60 of its “Starlink” broadband satellites this week, likely on Wednesday (May 15), SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter over the weekend.

All 60 spacecraft are crammed into the payload fairing of a single Falcon 9 rocket, which will lift off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch window on Wednesday runs from 10:30 p.m. EDT to midnight EDT (0230 to 0400 GMT on May 16), according to Spaceflight Now.

Related: SpaceX’s 1st Prototype Starlink Satellites Are Up and Running

You can watch the launch here at when the time comes, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly via the spaceflight company.

The five dozen satellites pretty much fill the cavernous fairing, as Musk showed in another tweet. He posted side-by-side photos of the Starlink craft in their fairing and his Tesla Roadster in its fairing in early 2018, before the car took flight on the first test mission of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. (The Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy use fairings of the same size.)
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