SpaceX launches 5th batch of 60 Starlink Satellites [Live: 15.03.2020, 13:22 UTC]
In the meantime competition for satellite constellations is heating up. OneWeb has started launching satellites on Soyuz rockets and is about to lauch the 3rd batch at the end of March.
Elon Musk imploded Starship Mk1 into the air during pressure testing. Not to worry, Mk2 is almost ready.
SpaceX is launching 60 additional Satellites for their own Starlink Constellation.
The booster is a Block 5 on its 5th flight and will land on a drone ship. This is the first time a booster will be reused for the 5th time.
The mission to low earth orbit will launch from LC 39 at Kennedy Space Center.
SpaceX will attempt to capture the fairings.
- Payload mass is approximately 15,6 tonnes
- 60 Starlink Satellites
Launch window opens at 13:22 UTC (March 15th 2020).
Check your local time at: www.timeanddate.com
Where to watch:
Tim Dodd will be live streaming 30 minutes before launch:
Or 15 minutes before launch:
Background information about previous SpaceX launches: Wikipedia
Why SpaceX is Making Starlink - Real Engineering: Youtube
Earlier coverage of Starlink:
Useful links to stay up to date on launches:
Spaceflightnow.com: Launch Schedule
Everyday Astronaut: Prelaunch Previews
NASA Spaceflight nasaspacefight.com
Be aware, this is rocket surgery.
Small disturbances can lead to postponed launches. Making sure everything is just right is way cheaper than risking big fireworks.
@remind-me on 15th March 2020 13:22