SpaceX launches

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It’s actually amazing how it stuck the landing. It seems like that’s the hard part. The explosion was from a gas leak after the successful landing, seems like something that can be fixed relatively easily considering how difficult launching and landing is.

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Starlink-20 mission

Mission Overview

The 20th operational batch of Starlink satellites (21st overall) will lift off from SLC-40 at the Cape Canaveral, on a Falcon 9 rocket. In the weeks following deployment the Starlink satellites will use onboard ion thrusters to reach their operational altitude of 550 km. Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt to land on a droneship approximately 633 km downrange.

This will be the 6th flight for the Falcon 9 booster B1058, which last flew in January 2021 for the Transporter-1 mission. It also flew DM-2, ANASIS-II and a dedicated Starlink mission.

Payload 60 Starlink V1.0
Payload mass ≈15,600 kg (Starlink ~260 kg each)
Destination orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~ 261km x 278km 53°
Launch vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core B1058.6
Flights of this core 5 (DM-2, ANASIS-II, Starlink-12, CRS-21, Transporter-1)
Fairing recovery scoping the fairing halves from the water
Launch site SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
Landing site JRTI (~633 km downrange)

Stats

  • 110th Falcon 9 launch
  • 6th flight of B1058
  • 5th Starlink launch this year
  • The previous Starlink flight was Starlink-17
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Starlink-21 mission

Mission Overview

SpaceX is targeting Sunday, March 14 for launch of 60 Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster supporting this mission previously supported launch of Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission, RADARSAT Constellation Mission, SXM-7, and five Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9’s fairing previously flew on the Transporter-1 mission.

Type Name Location
First stage Falcon 9 v1.2 - Block 5 (Full Thrust) - B1051 - :recycle:8 KSC LC-39A
Second stage Falcon 9 v1.2 - Block 5 (Full Thrust) KSC LC-39A
Fairing recovery GO Searcher Atlantic Ocean
Fairing recovery GO Navigator Atlantic Ocean
ASDS Of Course I Still Love You Atlantic Ocean
Tug Hawk Atlantic Ocean
Support ship GO Quest Atlantic Ocean

Lot of facts

:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 8th SpaceX launch this year.
:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 112th Falcon 9 launch.
:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 9th journey to space of the Falcon 9 first stage B1051.
:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 21st operational Starlink mission.

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More space trash launched.

Starlink-22 mission

Launch: 4:28 pm CST | March 24, 2021

Mission Overview

he 22th operational batch of Starlink satellites (23rd overall) will lift off from SLC-40 at the Cape Canaveral, on a Falcon 9 rocket. In the weeks following deployment the Starlink satellites will use onboard ion thrusters to reach their operational altitude of 550 km. Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt to land on a droneship approximately 633 km downrange.

This will be the 6th flight for the Falcon 9 booster B1060, which last flew in February 2021 for the Starlink 18 mission. It also flew GPS III SV 3, as well as Starlink 11, 14 and turksat-5A

Payload mass ≈15,600 kg (Starlink ~260 kg each)
Flights of this core 5 (GPS III SV 3, Starlink 11, 14, 18, Turksat-5A)
Payload 60 Starlink V1.0
Core B1060.6
Launch vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Destination orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~ 261km x 278km 53°
Landing site OCISLY (~633 km downrange)
Fairing recovery scoping the fairing halves from the water
Launch site SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

Stats

:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 9th SpaceX launch this year.
:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 113th Falcon 9 launch.
:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 6th journey to space of the Falcon 9 first stage B1060.
:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 22nd operational Starlink mission.

“The satellites are designed autonomously avoid collisions based on uplinked tracking data. At the end of life, the Starlink satellites are to be actively deorbited, leading to reentry.”

Starlink - Satellite Missions - eoPortal Directory.

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Starlink-23 mission

Mission Overview

Starlink-23 will lift off from SLC-40. Cape Canaveral, on a Falcon 9 rocket. In the weeks following deployment, the 60 Starlink satellites will use their onboard ion thrusters to reach their operational altitude of 550 km.

This will be the 7th flight of B1058, but there are several more interesting facts around it, worth mentioning:

B1058 holds the bragging rights for launching the first crewed orbital mission in the US since the end of the Space Shuttle era in 2011 the first Falcon 9 booster to fly a ‘Transporter’ rideshare mission - and with a record 143 satelites, that is the main protagonist in SpaceX’ 100th successfull Falcon 9 launch (CRS-21, December 6th 2020) carried the first upgraded Cargo Dragon v.2 for the aforementioned mission the quickest booster to reach 3 flights - in only 129 days during its ANASIS-II flight, it achieved record (for the time) turnaround of 51 days. This was also the first SpaceX launch, where both fairing halves were successfully caught on the Ms Tree & Ms Chief launched a total of 130 Starlink sats, which includes two batches of 60 for Starlink 12 & 20, as well as 10 more on the Transporter-1 misssion.

Payload 60 Starlink V1.0
Payload mass 15,600 kg (60 * 260 kg)
Destination orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~ 261km x 278km 53°
Launch vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core B1058.7
Flights of this core 6 (Demo-2, ANASIS-II, Starlink-12, Transporter-1, CRS-21, Starlink-20)
Launch site SLC-40
Landing site OCISLY (~633 km downrange)

Stats

:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 10th SpaceX launch this year.
:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 113th Falcon 9 launch.
:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 7th journey to space of the Falcon 9 first stage B1058.
:ballot_box_with_check: 27 days since B1058 last flight - equals B1060’s record from February
:ballot_box_with_check: This will be the 23rd operational Starlink mission.