BIG NEWS!! SpaceX Launches FIRST Falcon 9 Full of Laser Equipped Starlink Satellites
One of SpaceX’s older rockets flew for the first time in almost two months, launching the first batch of Starlink satellites into orbit before making a splashy landing in the ocean to round out the successful mission
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With a successful Falcon 9 rocket launch from California this rocket delivered 51 additional Starlink Internet spacecraft to orbit Monday evening and introduced new intersatellite optical laser links to improve the way the network transmits broadband signals worldwide.
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SpaceX launched a batch of operational Starlink satellites on one of its 229-foot-tall (70 metres) workhorse Falcon 9 rockets from its California launch facilities. For the first time in over two months, SpaceX is launching its own satellites virtually weekly, breaking the regular rhythm that had been set earlier this year.
Vandenberg Space Force Base launched the first dedicated Starlink mission with this launch. The successful Starlink mission frees up SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 rocket, which is scheduled to blast out Wednesday night from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the Inspiration4 crew mission with an all-citizen crew.
The Falcon 9 rocket launched the satellites into an orbit with a tilt nearly 70 degrees to the equator, launching a new orbital “shell” to enhance the private internet network’s reach and capacity.
At 8:55:50 p.m. PDT, the nine Merlin 1D engines on the Falcon 9 rocket ignited and the rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Fueled by jet fuel, the Falcon 9 rocket tore through the dense fog and soared into a starry sky over California’s Central Coast, where it landed safely on the Pacific Ocean.
At Vandenberg, the rocket proceeded going downhill to the south-southeast, on a trajectory that was roughly parallel to the Southern California coast.
About two and a half minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9 ejected the rocket and shut down the first stage engines. To get to orbit, the second stage fired its lone Merlin engine for six minutes.
Within a few seconds of the second stage explosion, the rocket’s clamshell-like payload fairing exploded and fell into the Pacific.
The first stage of SpaceX’s rocket landed safely on a SpaceX landing platform in the Pacific Ocean, some a thousand miles away. It was B1049’s tenth voyage to orbit and return that tied it with SpaceX’s previous record for the most-flew rocket.
When the drone ship arrived at the Port of Long Beach, the rocket was already on its way back to the factory for repairs and reassignment to another mission.
About 15 minutes into the flight, the upper stage of the Falcon 9 rocket delivered the stack of flat-panel satellites into a high-altitude orbit. The launch took place over the Pacific Ocean, far from any ground station coverage.
An altitude of 213 miles was the ultimate destination for the Starlink satellites, which were to be placed in an extended orbit (343 kilometers). The SpaceX-built satellites will use solar panels and activate krypton-fueled plasma rockets to reach a 354-mile operational circular orbit once they are completed on an assembly line in Redmond, Washington (570 kilometers).
SpaceX’s Starlink network will get a boost with the addition of new satellites thanks to the launch on Monday. SpaceX has completed the fleet’s first orbital shell after a series of dedicated launches from Florida over the course of two years, from May of 2019 to May of this year.
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