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SpaceX to launch 22 Starlink satellites this week

SpaceX to launch 22 Starlink satellites this week


22 extra V2 mini Starlink satellites are set to launch atop a Falcon 9 on Sunday, August sixth. The launch is at present scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET (01:00 UTC on August 7) from House Launch Advanced 40 at Cape Canaveral House Drive Station in Florida.

SpaceX is maintaining with its excessive cadence of launches, with this launch coming simply three days after their final launch from SLC-40, which was the profitable Galaxy-37/Horizons-4 mission.

This batch of Starlinks, Group 6-8, will likely be launched on a South Easterly trajectory and right into a 43-degree orbital inclination with deliberate separation from the 2nd stage simply over an hour after lift-off. A profitable launch will convey the full variety of Starlink satellites launched to 4,903 of which there are at present 3,814 of their operational orbits.

The Falcon 9 tasked with this mission is Booster 1078, and it is going to be making its fourth flight since its debut in March 2023. B1078 has launched the Crew-6 mission for NASA, O3b mPOWER communications satellite tv for pc, and 1 Starlink mission.

Following stage separation, B1078 will try touchdown on the droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas about 8 minutes after launch. The droneship is stationed simply East of the Bahamas.

One factor that would play a spoiler for the launch is the climate. The forty fifth Climate Squadron is predicting a 70% likelihood of unacceptable climate on the scheduled launch time.

Nevertheless, SpaceX has 4 extra possibilities to launch, and climate chances enhance to an 80% likelihood of acceptable climate.

If climate or technical points stop the launch, SpaceX has one other alternative the following day with 5 launch alternatives between 8:35 p.m. ET (00:35 UTC August 8) and 11:57 p.m. ET (3:57 UTC).

Observe the launch on the SpaceX YouTube channel!

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SpaceX to launch 22 Starlink satellites this week



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