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Starlink launches going northeast
« on: 11/28/2023 05:41 pm »
For nearly two years, Starlink launches from Cape Canaveral/KSC have been going southeast rather than northeast as seen on all v1.0 missions and most v1.5 missions.

From what I remember, one reason for going southeast is better recovery weather for Stage 1 and the payload fairings.

But my question is: will there ever be future Starlink launches from Cape Canaveral/KSC that'll take the northeast azimuth? Or has SpaceX decided for Starlink to solely go southeast?
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Re: Starlink launches going northeast
« Reply #1 on: 11/28/2023 10:01 pm »
For nearly two years, Starlink launches from Cape Canaveral/KSC have been going southeast rather than northeast as seen on all v1.0 missions and most v1.5 missions.

From what I remember, one reason for going southeast is better recovery weather for Stage 1 and the payload fairings.

But my question is: will there ever be future Starlink launches from Cape Canaveral/KSC that'll take the northeast azimuth? Or has SpaceX decided for Starlink to solely go southeast?

Reduction of air traffic by FAA is required, launching to the southward allows commercial traffic to enter Orlando airspace. SpaceX is frequently conducting launches.  Each launch is a headache for the FAA, commercial airlines, and the public.

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=48817.msg2497625#msg2497625
« Last Edit: 11/28/2023 10:02 pm by catdlr »
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