Tuesday’s SpaceX Starlink satellite ride share will set a new record

The booster set to fly Tuesday has been used 5 instances earlier than.


When SpaceX sends its newest batch of Starlink broadband satellites and some of Planet’s Earth-observing metallic birds to orbit this week, it’ll increase the bar as soon as once more for rocket recycling. 

The Falcon 9 booster that Elon Musk’s house firm is at the moment set to launch on Tuesday morning has beforehand flown on three earlier Starlink missions, in addition to two industrial satellite tv for pc supply gigs. Meaning its flight this week will probably be its sixth, a brand new mark for a single orbital rocket. 

“Some huge milestones arising,” Musk said on Twitter, referring to the sixth flight of the booster (serial quantity B-1049) and the 100th mission for SpaceX over the corporate’s historical past. 

Clearly, the Falcon 9 first stage might really set two new information on the identical day, by first launching for the sixth time after which touchdown for the sixth time, which it’ll try on the droneship Of Course I Nonetheless Love You within the Atlantic Ocean.

The launch is ready for Tuesday morning at 7:31 a.m. PT from Cape Canaveral Air Pressure Station in Florida. As of Monday morning, the weather forecast had an 80 p.c probability of being favorable for launch. 

Along with trying a historic launch and touchdown, SpaceX will attempt to catch each halves of the nostril cone that can defend 58 Starlink satellites and three belonging to Earth-imagery firm Planet as they blast by the ambiance. SpaceX has simply recently perfected its method for retrieving these elements, and we’ll see if it may possibly make a behavior of it and proceed to broaden its recycling program.

This can mark the 11th launch of a batch of Starlink satellites, the most recent taking place on Aug. 7. The following one after this week’s is ready for September, and will probably be preceded by a Falcon 9 launch in late August of a Argentinian satellite tv for pc that was initially scheduled for a 2019 liftoff.  

As traditional, SpaceX will livestream the mission, and you’ll watch through the feed above.

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Eric Mack