Live coverage of the inaugural and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Infinite Heart in Florida. The mission will launch SpaceX’s next batch of 49 Starlink broadband satellites. Text updates will appear automatically beneath. Follow the states on Twitter.
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The satellites each weigh more a quarter-ton, and were built at SpaceX’southward Starlink mill in Redmond, Washington. SpaceX has launched 2,042 Starlink satellites to date, including spacecraft that have failed or already been decommissioned, and the 49 satellites that took off Th brought that number to 2,091.
SpaceX is standing the deployment of around 4,400 Starlink satellites in v orbital “shells” at slightly dissimilar altitudes and at different inclinations, or angles to the equator. The launch Thursday targeted an orbital shell at an inclination of 53.2 degrees and an altitude of 335 miles (540 kilometers).
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon ix rocket headed southeast from Kennedy Infinite Center to deploy the Starlink payloads into orbit. The mission aimed to release the Starlink satellites at T+plus xv minutes, 31 seconds, into an orbit ranging in altitude betwixt 130 miles and 210 miles (210 past 339 kilometers).
The satellites will unfurl solar arrays and plough on ion thrusters to maneuver into their operational orbit at an distance of 335 miles.
The offset stage booster on Thursday’s mission, tail number B1061, flew on its sixth mission. SpaceX’s drone transport “A Shortfall of Gravitas” was on station in the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahama islands for landing of the offset stage booster.
ROCKET: Falcon nine (B1061.6)
PAYLOAD:49 Starlink satelllites (Starlink four-7)
LAUNCH SITE:LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Feb. 3, 2022
1:13:20 p.g. EST (1813:20 GMT)
WEATHER FORECAST: fourscore% chance of acceptable conditions; Moderate adventure of unfavorable conditions for booster recovery
BOOSTER RECOVERY:“A Shortfall of Gravitas” drone send virtually the Bahama islands
210 miles past 130 miles (338 kilometers by 210 kilometers), 53.2 degrees inclination
- T+00:00: Liftoff
- T+01:12: Maximum aerodynamic force per unit area (Max-Q)
- T+02:32: First stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
- T+02:36: Phase separation
- T+02:44: Second phase engine ignition
- T+02:49: Fairing jettison
- T+06:48: Get-go stage entry burn ignition (three engines)
- T+07:08: First stage entry burn cutoff
- T+08:26: Commencement stage landing burn ignition (ane engine)
- T+08:49: First phase landing
- T+08:50: Second stage engine cutoff (SECO 1)
- T+15:31: Starlink satellite separation
- 140th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket since 2010
- 148th launch of Falcon rocket family unit since 2006
- sixth launch of Falcon ix booster B1061
- 123rd Falcon 9 launch from Florida’s Space Coast
- 138th launch overall from pad 39A
- 44th SpaceX launch overall from pad 39A
- 83rd flight of a reused Falcon 9 booster
- 36th dedicated Falcon ix launch with Starlink satellites
- 6th Falcon 9 launch of 2022
- 6th launch by SpaceX in 2022
- 6th orbital launch based out of Greatcoat Canaveral in 2022