SpaceX’s Third Launch (First In 2020) Of Starlink Satellites On Monday, January 6, 2020
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Tonight, at 9:19 pm EST, SpaceX launched 60 of its Starlink communication satellites into Low Earth Orbit. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Central Florida. This is SpaceX’s third launch of Starlink satellites, with 120 satellites already in orbit in May and November of 2019. This is the first in 2020. These 60 satellites were launched and deployed into orbit about 180 miles above Earth’s surface. Once they are in working order, the satellites’ thrusters will boost them into their intended orbit at an altitude of 341 miles above the Earth. This was the first batch of satellites to feature a dark coating on the underside, a response to the outrage leveled by astronomers who claim mega-constellations impede their ability to see the stars.
Falcon 9’s first stage landed safely aboard the drone ship, with eight minutes of “Of Course I Still Love You” for the fourth time after launch. The second stage deployed the 60 Starlink communications satellites into their initial orbit minutes afterward.
Starlink is a satellite constellation being constructed by American company SpaceX to provide satellite Internet access. The constellation will consist of thousands of mass-produced small satellites, working in combination with ground transceivers. SpaceX also plans to sell some of the satellites for military, scientific or exploratory purposes, in the video “SpaceX Starlink Launch in Under 3 Minutes“, below:
SpaceX is targeting Monday, January 6 at 9:19 p.m. EST, or 2:19 UTC on January 7, for its third launch of Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. A backup launch opportunity is available on Tuesday, January 7 at 8:57 p.m. EST, or 1:57 UTC on January 8. Falcon 9’s first stage supported a Starlink mission in May 2019, the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019, and the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in September 2018. 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. Approximately 45 minutes after liftoff, SpaceX’s fairing recovery vessel, “Ms. Tree,” will attempt to recover a payload fairing half, in the video “Starlink Mission“, below:
SpaceX will be launching 60 of their Starlink satellites on top of their work-horse Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon 9 will launch from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Florida. The booster supporting this mission (B1049.4) flew on Telstar 18 Vintage on September 10th, 2018, Iridium-NEXT 8 on January 11th, 2019, and Starlink .9 on May 24th, 2019. This booster is going to be recovered on SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Droneship (ASDS), Of Course I Still Love You. The ASDS will be located over 629km downrange. SpaceX will attempt to recover one of the fairing halves with Go MS Tree. They will fetch the other half out of the water, in the video “Watch SpaceX Launch 60 Starlink Satellites!“, below:
SpaceX Falcon 9 launched next batch of Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral on Monday, January 6th at 9:19 p.m. ET (2:19 UTC January 7th), in the video “SpaceX Starlink 2020 first launch [REPLAY]” below:
In the video “Why SpaceX is Making Starlink“, below:
SpaceX has committed to launch satellites every two to three weeks in 2020, and has permission from the FCC to expand its fleet to 12,000. Apparently SpaceX has also sought permission from International Telecommunication Union, an international satellite regulator, to launch as many as 30,000.
Several companies such as Amazon, Telesat, OneWeb, and Kepler, are planning to launch small telecommunication satellites in 2020, inserting their wares into the crowded orbit.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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