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SpaceX launch sends 23rd Starlink communications satellite cluster

SpaceX launch sends 23rd Starlink communications satellite cluster

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ORLANDO, Fla., March 24 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink broadband communications satellites before dawn on Wednesday, from Florida. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites occurred at Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The weather was cooperative for the 23rd Starlink mission. Advertisement "Deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed," Space tweeted.[embedded content] "This was the sixth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously supported launch of GPS-III Space Vehicle 03, Turksat 5A, and three Starlink missions," the company added. "One half of Falcon 9's fairing supported the Sentinel-6A mission and the other supported a previous Starlink mission." There was no room for delay on the Starlink launch because the...
SpaceX launches 22nd cluster of Starlink satellites

SpaceX launches 22nd cluster of Starlink satellites

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March 14 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched its 22nd cluster of Starlink communication satellites before dawn Sunday from Florida. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket came at 6:01 a.m. EDT, just hours after clocks move ahead for Daylight Saving Time, from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement After the main engine cutoff, the Falcon 9 first stage landed on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, completing the ninth flight of that booster A little more than an hour after launch, SpaceX confirmed the satellites had been released into their initial orbit. The company has kept up a regular cadence of Starlink launches since the first mission in 2019. Sunday's launch follows another successful trip to orbit for the broadband Internet spacecraft Thursday. SpaceX has little room for delays on...
SpaceX plans 22nd Starlink cluster launch

SpaceX plans 22nd Starlink cluster launch

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ORLANDO, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- SpaceX plans to launch the 22nd cluster of Starlink communication satellites from Florida early Sunday morning. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for 5:44 a.m. EDT, just hours after clocks move ahead for Daylight Saving Time, from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement The company has kept up a regular cadence of Starlink launches since the first mission in 2019. Sunday's launch follows another successful trip to orbit for the broadband internet spacecraft Thursday. The weather is expected to be nearly ideal for a launch Sunday, with only a 10 percent chance of thick clouds that can cause problems, according to a forecast from the U.S. Space Force. "Winds on Sunday morning will be relatively light, and it is possible there will be a ...
SpaceX launches 21st Starlink communications satellite cluster

SpaceX launches 21st Starlink communications satellite cluster

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ORLANDO, Fla., March 11 (UPI) -- SpaceX successfully launched 60 Starlink satellites early Thursday from Florida on a first-stage booster rocket that previously carried two astronauts into space. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket occurred as scheduled at 3:13 a.m. EST from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Advertisement The launch was planned as SpaceX seeks permission from the Federal Communications Commission to beam Starlink service to terminals on trucks, boats and aircraft -- in addition to the current home and office setups.[embedded content] SpaceX has little room for delays on Starlink launches because the company targets a specific orbital location for each mission. If a mechanical or weather issue had prompted a delay, another attempt was planned for Friday at 2:51...
SpaceX launches cluster of Starlink satellites

SpaceX launches cluster of Starlink satellites

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Oct. 24 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket into space Saturday morning, carrying 60 Internet satellites into orbit to help establish connections to remote areas. The launch, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It went off without a hitch with the booster rocket safely landing on SpaceX's drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Advertisement The upper stage of the Falcon 9 deployed the satellites into orbit 63 minutes after takeoff, allowing SpaceX to build on its previous successes. SpaceX had put 180 Starlink satellites into space before Saturday's launch. The launch was the mission's 15th, but only the 14th with operational broadband satellites. The Starlink constellation currently boasts in excess of 800 mini satellites. "T...