REPLAY: SpaceX Starlink 30 (2-1) – now with LASERS! (14 Sep 2021)

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This is a replay of the live stream.
Launch time: 11:55 pm EDT on 13th (03:55 GMT on 14th)
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch on the first dedicated mission with Starlink internet satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base. This mission will deploy 51 Starlink satellites into a high-inclination orbit. These Starlink satellites will have laser intersatellite communication links, allowing them to talk to each other, in addition to ground stations. SpaceX tested the laser links on some previous launches. Delayed from July and Aug. 10.

SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET:
Height: 70 m (230 ft)
Diameter: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Mass: 549k kg (1.2M lbs)
Fuel: RP-1 (non-cryogenic, highly-refined kerosene)
Oxidizer: LOX (cryogenic liquid oxygen chilled to -207.2 ºC / -340.9 ºF)
Stages: 2
First Stage Engines: (9) Merlin 1D
First Stage Thrust: 7,607 kN (1.7M lbf)
Second Stage Engine: (1) Merlin 1D Vacuum-optimized
Second Stage Thrust: 934 kN (210,000 lbf)

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11 comments
  1. I personally watched the flight of this rocket all the way from fresno, california. Skies were super clear so i went out in my back yard. Had no clue its possible to see a rocket launch from 150 miles away. I saw the whole gamut. Ascent, meco, staging, and relight. It was surreal.

  2. Different colored light amplification through stimulated emittted radiation!?!?! Hope it reflects off a Disco ball 💃 🕺🏿

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