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Starlink set for record turn-arounds

SpaceX is readying to launch two batches of 53 Starlink satellites less than 8 hours apart – breaking its previous record between launches. Flight reference 4-13 will launch from the Vandenberg Space Force Base on May 13th, subject to the usual weather constraints. It is using Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg in California. […]

May 13, 2022By Chris Forrester

Routine success for Starlink launch

A launch by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on March 3rd successfully placed an extra 47 Starlink broadband satellites into orbit. The SpaceX booster had previously flown ten times (GPS III-3, Turksat-5A, Transporter 2, and seven Starlink missions) so was well ‘flight proven’. The launch took place from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. […]

March 4, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX targets March 3 for next Starlink launch

SpaceX, just days after launching 60 Starlink satellites from California, has scheduled the launch of about 50 satellites on March 3rd from Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX has a third Starlink flight planned for next week on March 8th, also from Florida. These two flights, plus two previous launches earlier in February (3rd and 21st), will […]

March 1, 2022By Chris Forrester

Triple launch success for SpaceX

A bright Florida afternoon sky helped SpaceX and its Falcon 9 to successfully launch 49 of Starlink satellites on February 3rd. The triple success was the third Falcon 9 launch in barely 10 days. Two were from Florida and the other from Vandenberg Air Base in California. The two Floridian launches successfully returned their booster […]

February 4, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX readies delayed Starlinks launch

SpaceX plans to launch its much-delayed batch of Starlink satellites later today (February 3rd). A Falcon 9 rocket will loft 49 Starlink broadband satellites into low Earth orbit. The launch, subject to the usual weather considerations is scheduled for 1:13 pm EST, which is the opening of an instantaneous window at Pad 39A at Kennedy […]

February 3, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX fourth attempt delayed by Cruise ship

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch team have had a troubled weekend. First, three scheduled launches of an Italian satellite were scrubbed because of bad weather at Cape Canaveral. The rescheduled launch was planned for January 30th (6.11pm Florida time) but a cruise liner sailed into the formal ’no go’ zone waters downrange from the Cape and […]

January 31, 2022By Chris Forrester

Next Starlink launch set for Jan 29

A Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX will launch another large batch of Starlink broadband by satellite craft on January 29th. It will be the third SpaceX launch within six days. SpaceX is launching an Italian satellite (January 27th at 11:11 pm EST for launch of COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 to orbit from SLC-40 in Florida) […]

January 27, 2022By Chris Forrester

Another 49 Starlinks launched

A textbook launch by SpaceX saw an additional 49 Starlink satellites placed into their transfer orbits on January 18th. Despite a technical delay the rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center pad at 21.02 Florida time. The Falcon 9’s booster landed some 9 minutes later on the floating drone-ship ‘A Shortfall of Gravitas’. This […]

January 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

49 Starlinks ready to launch

SpaceX will launch 49 Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Center today (January 18th). The launch is scheduled for 7.04 Florida time (00.04 UTC), subject to the usual weather considerations. The booster supporting this mission previously launched GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, and six other Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first […]

January 18, 2022By Chris Forrester