A Good SpaceX Starlink Launch Will Mean Minimal Global Operation

SpaceX will try for its eighth launch of Starlink satellites today. Falcon 9 will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A backup opportunity is available on Thursday, June 4 at 9:03 p.m. EDT, 1:03 UTC on June 5.

Update- 2 hours until scheduled launch

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.

There are two more Starlink launches planned for June.

Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in September 2018, the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019, and two separate Starlink missions in May 2019 and in January 2020. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 45 minutes after liftoff, SpaceX’s fairing recovery vessels, “Ms. Tree” and “Ms. Chief,” will attempt to recover the two fairing halves.

The Starlink satellites will deploy in an elliptical orbit approximately 15 minutes after liftoff. Prior to orbit raise, SpaceX engineers will conduct data reviews to ensure all Starlink satellites are operating as intended. Once the checkouts are complete, the satellites will then use their onboard ion thrusters to move into their operational altitude of 550 km. On this mission, SpaceX will launch the first Starlink satellite with a deployable visor to block sunlight from hitting the brightest spots of the spacecraft.

Written by Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

8 thoughts on “A Good SpaceX Starlink Launch Will Mean Minimal Global Operation”

  1. That’s nothing. I’ve seen at least one nutter saying something like:

    “If this was a marvel movie, and there was a billionaire son of a African emerald miner who was in the process of taking control of space away from the people, he would be the bad guy. So why aren’t there protests???!!11111??// #resist-space-taker #you-can’t-trust-Africans #mynameisCarren”

  2. I’m intrigued by the possibility of switching/trying without going through the hassle that comes from switching local cable operators. You can add Starlink, try it out and keep it if it is better than cable.

  3. If I did my counting correctly, this launch gives SpaceX more satellites in orbit than China & Russia have, put together. Good job, Ol’Musky.

  4. A fair exchange, I think.

    The empty skies and the dead worlds on them have no value without life.

    I support anyone willing to go there and make living worlds in the empty universe, be it Musk, the Russians and the Chinese, etc. as long as it happens soon and surely.

Comments are closed.