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Falcon 9: SpaceX StarLink - Launch 1

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DocM    16,345
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And here we go, testing their behavior but no $$ inter-satelite laser links. If they behave, many more just this year - up to 6 launches.

 

Launch date:  May 15

Launch time: TBA

Pad:  LC-40

Core: TBA

Count: "dozens"

 

 

 

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DocM    16,345
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Date: May 15

Time: 22:30 EDT (02:30 UTC on the 16th)

Recovery: ASDS Of Course I Still Love You at 621km downrange, indicating a quite massive payload.

 

 

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DocM    16,345
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O-M-G!!

 

Either they'll be doing two rapid fire launches of 30+ or some serious satellite origami has been done to StarLink birds.

 

https://fcc.report/IBFS/SAT-STA-20190405-00023/1679286

 

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Special mporary authority (STA) for a period of 60 days for
Launch and Early Orbit-Phase (LEOP) operationsnecessary to (1) perform TT&C necessary fo orbit-raising; and (2) communicate with seven Ku-band earthstations to test the communications payload on each of the up to 75 satellites to be imminently launched

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DocM    16,345

Static fire: May 13 

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DocM    16,345

60 satellites in a standard fairing!!

 

 

 

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DocM    16,345
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DocM    16,345

It's on...

 

 

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DocM    16,345

Press kit

 

http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/starlink_press_kit.pdf

 


With a flat-panel design featuring multiple high-throughput antennas and a single solar array, each Starlink satellite weighs approximately 227kg, allowing SpaceX to maximize mass production and take full advantage of Falcon 9's launch capabilities. To adjust position on orbit, maintain intended altitude, and deorbit, Starlink satellites feature Hall thrusters powered by krypton. Designed and built upon the heritage of Dragon, each spacecraft is equipped with a Startracker navigation system that allows SpaceX to point the satellites with precision. Importantly, Starlink satellites are capable of tracking on-orbit debris and autonomously avoiding collision. Additionally, 95 percent of all components of this design will quickly burn in Earth's atmosphere at the end of each satellite's lifecycle-exceeding all current safety standards-with future iterative designs moving to complete disintegration

 

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DocM    16,345

 

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DocM    16,345

EIGHTEEN.AND.A.HALF.FRACKING.TONNES?!? 😨

 

 

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DocM    16,345

 

Moved to 2300 EDT (03:00 UTC)

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DocM    16,345
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Scrubbed; upper level winds. Trying again tomorrow.

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DocM    16,345
Posted (edited)

 

 

 

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DocM    16,345

Updated stream

 

 

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DocM    16,345

Beautiful launch, dead center stage landing, and now in a 35 min coast before deploying 60 StarLink satellites.

 

 

 

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DocM    16,345
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Upcoming events

 

T+46;11 S2 restart

T+46;14 SECO-2

T+01:02;14 Starlink deployment begins

 

Webcast returns

S2 start-2

SECO-2 (3 second burn)

Good orbit

15 min coast before StarLink deployment

 

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DocM    16,345
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Webcast returns

440 km AGL

Full stack of satellites deployed. They'll fan out, like a deck of cards sprayed by a magician.

Several already breaking away from the pack.

End of webcast. 

 

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CrashGordon    439

And thats how you make it look easy.  All just testing for future things, no different than a Formula 1 team

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Unobscured Vision    2,652

Sweet, glad it went well. Just got home from work.

 

I'll watch the webcast in earnest. :yes: 

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DocM    16,345
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They just yaw'd the stage, let  'em go and from there it wass like 52 card pickup. KISS in the extreme.

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DocM    16,345

 

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anthdci    207
4 hours ago, DocM said:

 

did I not read that they were expecting about a 25% failure rate for this lot? But so far they have 100% online, nice.

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DocM    16,345
5 hours ago, anthdci said:

did I not read that they were expecting about a 25% failure rate for this lot? But so far they have 100% online, nice.

 

SpaceX has a long history of sandbagging.

 

Ex: for years F9 was listed as being capable of 11.5-13t to LEO for various blocks, but last night it lifted 18.5t - 2t more than Apollo 7.

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DocM    16,345
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19 hours ago, DocM said:
 

 

Scratch one more milestone

 

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DocM    16,345

Trolls galore... 🙄

 

 

 

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