SpaceX launches

Türksat 5A

TurkSat5A-1-350x350

Overview

SpaceX will launch the first of two next generation satellites on contract for Türksat. Türksat 5A is a Ku-band broadcast satellite built by Airbus Defense and Space and based on the Electric Orbit Raising version of the Eurostar E3000 platform. This spacecraft will be delivered into a transfer orbit and will then raise itself to its operational 31° East geostationary orbit to serve Turkey, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and South Africa. The booster for this mission will be recovered downrange.

Payload Türksat 5A
Payload mass 3400 kg
Deployment orbit GTO
Operational orbit GEO, 31° E
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core B1060
Past flights of this core 3 (GPS III SV03, Starlink-11, Starlink-14)
Fairing catch attempt unknown
Past flights of the fairing halves 1 (GPS III SV03), (ANASIS-II)
Launch site SLC-40 , Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
Landing JRTI, 28.29194 N, 73.70639 W (~672 km downrange)
Mission success criteria Successful separation & deployment of Türksat 5A.

Stats

  • 1st SpaceX launch of the year
  • 1st Falcon 9 launch of the year
  • 104th overall Falcon 9 launch
  • 4th launch of this booster
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Starlink-16 mission

Mission Overview

The 16th operational batch of Starlink satellites (17th overall) will lift off from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida 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 8th re-flight for the Falcon 9 booster B1051, which as recently as 13th December 2020 for the SXM-7 mission. B1051 also previously flew the DM-1 and RADARSAT constellation missions.

Mission Details

Payload 60 Starlink V1.0
Payload mass ~15,600 kg (Starlink ~260 kg each)
Deployment orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~ 261km x 278km 53° (?)
Operational orbit Low Earth Orbit, 550 km x 53°
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core B1051.8
Past flights of this core 7 (NASA DM-1, RADARSAT, SXM-7, Starlink-3, 6, 9, 13)
Fairing catch attempt Both Halves - GO Ms Tree & Go Ms Chief
Launch site CCSFS SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
Landing JRTI (~633 km downrange)
Mission success criteria Successful separation & deployment of the Starlink Satellites

Stats

  • 105th Falcon 9 launch
  • 8th flight of B1051
  • 1st Starlink launch this year

Not SpaceX, but still a launch

Another super rich person doing their science project.

Transporter-1 mission

Mission Overview

Transporter 1 mission is a dedicated rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with dozens of small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commercial and government customers.

Payload 143 sats
Payload mass ~5000 kg
Deployment orbit ~525km x ~97°, SSO
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core 1058
Past flights of this core 4 (DM-2, ANASIS II, Starlink-12, CRS-21)
Fairing catch attempt unknown
Launch site SLC-40 , Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
Landing OCISLY, 23.76139 N, 79.14222 W (~553 km downrange)
Mission success criteria Successful deployment of spacecraft into contracted orbit

Stats

  • 3rd SpaceX launch of the year
  • 3rd Falcon 9 launch of the year
  • 106th overall Falcon 9 launch
  • 5th launch of this booster

Payloads

Due to the difficulty in finding info on many of these small payloads, and the frequency of late changes, there may be some inaccuracies in the information presented.

Payload Customer Size Mass (kg)
SXRS-3 (Sherpa-FX1)[77] [114] Spaceflight Inc :us: ? 130
SXRS-3: ARCE-1A, ARCE-1B, ARCE-1C[77] [114] USF IAE :us: ? ? (?x3)
SXRS-3: BroSat, BipBip, “Batteries Included”, “Best Before 2025”, “Been There, Done That”[77] [114] [186] Astrocast :switzerland: 3U ~25 (5x5)
SXRS-3: Celestis 17[77] [114] Celestis :us: ? ?
SXRS-3: ELROI[77] [114] Space Domain Awareness Inc :us: ? ?
SXRS-3: Hawk-2a, Hawk-2b, Hawk-2c[110] [114] HawkEye 360 :us: ? ~90 (30x3)[146]
SXRS-3: IZANAMI[111] iQPS :jp: ? ~100
SXRS-3: P2-10[114] DoD :us: ? ?
SXRS-3: PTD-1[34] [77] [114] [143] Tyvak :us:, NASA :us: 6U 11
SXRS-3: Umbra-2001[46] [114] Umbra Lab :us: ? 65
SXRS-3: TAGSAT-1[77] [114] [135] NearSpace Launch :us: ? ?
Zeitgeist[183] Exolaunch :de: ? ?
Zeitgeist: SpaceBEE (24 sats)[87] Swarm Technologies :us: 0.25U ~6.72 (0.28x24)
Zeitgeist: Charlie[182] Aurora Insight :us: 6U ?
Zeitgeist: ?[101] [184] NanoAvionics :lithuania: 6U ?
Zeitgeist: ?[184] TUD :de: ? ?
Zeitgeist: ?[184] DLR :de: ? ?
Lemur-2 (8 sats)[60] Spire Global :us: 3U ~48 (6[125] x8)
XR-1[76] R2 Space :us: ? 90
KEP-8, KEP-9, KEP-10, KEP-11, KEP-12, KEP-13, KEP-14 & KEP-15[70] [158] Kepler Communications :canada: 6U >96 (12*8)[131] [157]
Landmapper-Demo6 & Landmapper-Demo7[129] Astro Digital :us: 6U ~161.4 (80.7*2)
ION SCV LAURENTIUS[53] D-Orbit :it: ? ~150?
GHGSat-C2 (Hugo)[157] GHGSat :canada: ? ?
Adelis-SAMSON[160] Technion :israel:, IAI :israel: 6U ? (3*?)
UVSQ-SAT[166] UVSQ :fr: 1U 1.6
ASELSAT[35] ASELSAN :tr: 3U 5
GNOMES-2[107] PlanetiQ :us: ? 40
Mandrake 1, Mandrake 2[172] DARPA :us: ? ?
ICEYE-X8, ICEYE-X9, ICEYE-X10[173] ICEYE :finland: ? ~255 (85x3)
PIXL-1[177] TESAT :de:, DLR-IKN :de: 3U ?
IDEASSat, YUSAT[178] NSPO :taiwan: 3U, 1.5U ? (?x2)
Starlink (v1.0) (10 sats)[27] SpaceX :us: ? ~2600 (260x10)
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Starlink-18 mission

Mission Overview

SpaceX Fleet Updates & Discussion Thread The 18th operational batch of Starlink satellites (19th overall) will lift off from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida 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 5th flight for the Falcon 9 booster B1060. It has previously launched GPS III-03, two Starlink missions (11 & 14), and Türksat 5A. Assigning B1060 for this particular flight means we will see a new booster tunaround record of just 27 days .

One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously flew on the SAOCOM-1B mission, and the other previously flew in support of the GPS III Space Vehicle 03 mission.

Mission Details

Payload 60 Starlink Sats V1.0
Payload mass ~15,600 kg (60 sats x ~260 kg each)
Deployment orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~ 261km x 278km 53°
Operational orbit Low Earth Orbit, 550 km x 53°
Launch vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core B1060.5
Flights of this core 4
Launch site SLC-40
Landing OCISLY (~633 km downrange)
Mission success criteria Successful separation & deployment of the Starlink Satellites

Stats

  • 108th Falcon 9 launch
  • 5th flight of B1060
  • 3rd Starlink launch this year
  • 67th landing of an orbital-class bosster
  • Quickest booster turnaround to date - 27 days
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Starlink-19 mission

Mission Overview

SpaceX Fleet Updates & Discussion Thread The 19th operational batch of Starlink satellites (20th overall) will lift off from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida 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 B1059.

Payload 60 Starlink Sats V1.0
Payload mass ~15,600 kg (60 sats x ~260 kg each)
Deployment orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~ 261km x 278km 53°
Operational orbit Low Earth Orbit, 550 km x 53°
Launch vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core B1059.6
Flights of this core 5
Launch site SLC-40
Landing OCISLY (~663 km downrange)
Mission success criteria Successful separation & deployment of the Starlink Satellites

Stats

  • 108th Falcon 9 launch
  • 6th flight of B1059
  • 3rd Starlink launch this year

Landing of the booster failed.

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Starship Serial Number 10 - Hop Test


Starship SN10, equipped with three sea-level Raptor engines will attempt a high-altitude hop at SpaceX’s development and launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. For this test, the vehicle will ascend to an altitude of approximately 10km, before moving from a vertical orientation (as on ascent), to horizontal orientation, in which the broadside (+ x) of the vehicle is oriented towards the ground. At this point, Starship will attempt an unpowered return to launch site (RTLS), using its aerodynamic control surfaces (ACS) to adjust its attitude and fly a course back to the landing pad. In the final stages of the descent, all three Raptor engines will ignite to transition the vehicle to a vertical orientation and perform a propulsive landing.

The flight profile is likely to follow closely the previous Starship SN8 and SN9 (hopefully with a slightly less firey landing). The exact launch time may not be known until just a few minutes before launch, and will be preceded by a local siren about 10 minutes ahead of time.

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Another fireworks display then. I thought they’d figured out how to not make stuff blow up?

It exploded 8 minutes after the landing.
They are still testing. Next test spaceship is ready to go.

Actual landing

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ohok … I thought the video was an explosion on launch.

Great work from SpaceX even though we may have initially setbacks. SpaceX has miles to go but their ambitions will propel human into space easily in the decades to come.

Starlink-17 mission

Mission Overview

Note: this launch is Starlink-17 despite the fact that Starlink-18 and -19 already launched, both in February. Delays for this mission pushed it past those two, but the original numbering is preserved.

The 19th operational batch of Starlink satellites (20th overall) will lift off from LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center, 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 8th flight for the Falcon 9 booster B1049, which last flew in November 2020 for the Starlink-15 mission. This will be the 6th Starlink launch for B1049; it also flew the Iridium 8 mission and the Telstar 18V mission.

Mission Details

Payload 60 Starlink V1.0
Payload mass ≈15,600 kg (Starlink ~260 kg each)
Deployment orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~ 261km x 278km 53°
Operational orbit Low Earth Orbit, 550 km x 53°
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core B1049.8
Past flights of this core 7
Past flights of the fairings 2 flights for one half, 3 for the other. All Starlink flights.
Fairing catch attempt No direct catch; GO Navigator and GO Searcher deployed downrange
Launch site LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing OCISLY (~633 km downrange)
Mission success criteria Successful separation & deployment of the Starlink Satellites

Stats

  • 109th Falcon 9 launch
  • 8th flight of B1049
  • 4th Starlink launch this year
  • 2nd booster to fly eight times