SpaceX ready for another Starlink launch effort: Charm for the fourth time?


For the fourth time, SpaceX 57 is about to attempt to launch Starlink satellites and two Earth-imaging satellites, expected to be delayed by more than six weeks.

The ninth launch of SpaceX’s advanced v1.0 Starlink satellites, the Starlink V1L9 mission will also be the tenth Starlink launch overall, as well as the second time the company has hosted a commercial payload on one of its Internet satellite launches. Following the successful rideshare of Starlink V1 L8 with three Planet Skysat Earth imaging satellites on June 13, Starlink V1 L9 will be two similar but different Earth imaging satellites built by Blackstella for Blacksky.

To fit those two commercial spacecraft and the additional hardware needed to mount and deploy them, SpaceX has removed three satellites (vs. the V1L8) from the normal 60-satellite stack. It is unclear why otherwise similar missions differ in that regard, but either way, Starlink V1L9 – hopefully for the last time – on Friday, August 7 at 1:12 pm EDT (05: 12 UTC).

As noted in several previous launch and scrub articles on Teslarati, the Starlink V1 L9 is also notable due to the Falcon 9 booster.

For the Falcon 9 Booster B1051, Starlink V1L9 mission will be its fifth launch, the third SpaceX rocket to fly on five different orbital-orbit missions. If the B1051 successfully lands on a course I Still Love You (OCISLY) drone ship, about 630 km (~ 390 mi) off the coast of Florida, it is the second Falcon 9 booster to launch and land five times in a row. Will become. .

A safe landing joins the B1051 in the ranks of another Falcon 9 booster – the B1049, which completed its fifth launch and landing on June 3, 2020. Back on March 14, the Falcon 9 booster B1048 became the first SpaceX rocket to technically successfully complete five. Orbital-class launches, although an extremely rare in-flight engine failure came close to ending the mission prematurely and completely prevented a successful landing. ”

Teslarati.com – July 8, 2020

The B1051 stands on Pad 39A around its first StarLink-9 launch attempt in late June. (Richard Engle)
The Falcon 9B1049 became the first SpaceX booster to launch and land five times on 3 June. (Richard Engle)

Originally expected to begin June 23, the Falcon became the first orbital-class booster to successfully launch and land five times exactly 20 days after the 9B1049, the Falcon 9B1051 now having its fifth flying milestone A few more months later is set to decrease – still impressive by any account.

Beyond Starlink-9, SpaceX has a few other Starlink missions to launch in the next 4-8 weeks, while Argentina’s SAOCOM 1B radar satellite launch was recently flipped in August-August for mysterious reasons. Early next month, SpaceX will also try for its second NASA astronaut launch and first Operation International Space Station (ISS) ferry mission four months after the launch of a flawless astronaut launch.

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