SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, or 19:30 p.m. UTC, for its seventh launch of Starlink satellites. Falcon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A backup opportunity is available on Thursday, April 23 at 3:15 p.m. EDT, or 19:15 UTC.
As of 3 April 2020, SpaceX has 358 satellites of the constellation in orbit. There are about 300 full production Starlink satellites. SpaceX is targeting service in the Northern U.S. and Canada by late 2020. SpaceX is launching 60 satellites at a time, aiming to deploy more than 1,500 of the quarter-ton spacecraft to provide near-global service by late 2021 or 2022.
420 satellites are needed for minor broadband coverage of Earth. 780 of the first ~1600 for moderate coverage.
A launch scheduled for May would provide SpaceX with 420 satellites for minor broadband coverage.
Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported Crew Dragon’s first flight to the International Space Station, launch of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, and the fourth Starlink mission. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9’s fairing previously supported the AMOS-17 mission.
Today’s launch coverage should start in about two hours.
SOURCES- SpaceX, Wikipedia
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com
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