SpaceX's second attempt. Falcon 9 launch of 23 starlink satellites

30.10.2023 posted by Admin

Starlink's Falcon 9: Second launch attempt set

SpaceX had to cancel its first launch attempt on Sunday, October 29, due to a problem with the Falcon 9 rocket's stage separation system. They plan to make a second attempt on Monday, October 30.

On Monday, October 30, SpaceX is all set for the launch of 23 Starlink internet satellites using their Falcon 9 rocket. This comes as their second attempt following the previous abort.

The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Monday at 7:20 p.m. EDT. In case of a delay, there are seven backup launch opportunities available between 7:52 p.m. EDT and 10:22 p.m. EDT, according to information provided by SpaceX.

To catch all the live action, you can tune in to SpaceX's X (formerly known as Twitter) account. The coverage will begin approximately five minutes before liftoff.

Assuming everything goes smoothly, the Falcon 9's first stage is expected to return to Earth for a vertical landing about 8.5 minutes after liftoff. This landing will take place on the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

This mission marks the eighth launch and landing for the first stage of this particular rocket, as stated in the mission description.

If all proceeds as planned, the 23 Starlink satellites will be deployed from the Falcon 9's upper stage into low Earth orbit approximately 65.5 minutes after liftoff.

Starlink is a massive satellite network created by SpaceX to provide internet service to customers worldwide. To date, SpaceX has already launched over 5,000 Starlink satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), and there are plans for many more. The company has received permission to deploy 12,000 of these satellites and has also applied for approval to add another 30,000 on top of that.
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