SpaceX successfully launched its fourteenth Starlink mission, which puts another 60 Starlink satellites to orbit.
Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission to the International Space Station, launch of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, and three Starlink missions this year. 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 halves each previously supported two missions.
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4 thoughts on “Another Successful SpaceX Starlink Launch”
Today approximately 3% of all launched satellites are broken and despite the fact that SpaceX has US government approval to launch nearly 12,000 Starlink satellites. If 3% of the maximum planned number of Starlink satellites fails, this could mean that 1,260 dead 250 kg table-sized satellites will circle aimlessly around the planet. Many of these dead spacecraft regularly threaten to collide with others, creating thousands of small debris. But SpaceX denies that dead satellites will be on orbit – they all could burn in the atmosphere.
They'll kinda need to actually. The recent trouble during the static fire for the GPS launch appears to have found a defective third party part that is in a lot of new build merlin engines, such that the old build ones on the boosters are now preferable.
I hope they do, and I hope they push it another 10.
Let's see if they reach their planned 10 reuses with F9 booster.
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