SpaceX Successfully Launched Starlink 10, Reusing Its Booster & Fairing
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SpaceX is launched its eleventh Starlink Mission on Tuesday, August 18 at 10:31 a.m. EDT and reusing its booster for the sixth time. This Starlink Mission included 58 Starlink satellites and three of Planet’s SkySats. Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in September 2018, the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019, and three separate Starlink missions in May 2019, January 2020, and June 2020. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed 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 flew on the fourth launch of Starlink was also reused. Planet’s SkySats deployed sequentially beginning about 12 and a half minutes after liftoff, and the Starlink satellites deployed approximately 26 minutes after liftoff, in the video “Starlink Mission“, below: