Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Starlink v1.0 L18 : CCSFS SLC-40 : 4 Feb 2021 (0619 UTC)  (Read 48296 times)

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L-3 weather forecast is up. Over 90% GO for the primary day, with a moderate risk of unacceptable booster recovery weather and 90% GO for the backup day, also with a moderate risk of unacceptable booster recovery weather.

« Last Edit: 02/01/2021 02:30 pm by Elthiryel »
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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L-2 weather forecast is up. The booster recovery weather risk is now Mod-Low for the primary day and Low-Mod for the secondary day. The main probabilities remain unchanged. It's now planned earlier than another Starlink mission.
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1356891369860644864

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Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief are outbound from the Port of Morehead City for the SpaceX Starlink double-header.

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L-1 launch weather forecast, 90+ % GO

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If this mission gets launched before the other one will this keep the name "L18"?

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The mission name will not change. It is designated when manifested.

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The launches page has finally been updated.

https://www.spacex.com/launches/index.html
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SpaceX is targeting Thursday, Feburary 4 for launch of 60 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The instantaneous window is at 1:19 a.m. EST, or 6:19 UTC.

The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster supporting this mission previously flew on four missions: the launches of GPS III Space Vehicle 03 and Turksat 5A and two Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean. One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously flew on the SAOCOM-1B mission, and the other previously flew in support of the GPS III Space Vehicle 03 mission.

You can watch a live webcast of this mission, which will begin about 15 minutes prior to liftoff, by clicking the image above.

I think it's the first time when SpaceX doesn't give any mission number here (e.g. the previous mission was called "seventeenth Starlink mission").

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EDIT: And surprise, from the description it looks like it's booster 1060.5, not 1059.6.
« Last Edit: 02/03/2021 08:34 pm by Elthiryel »
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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If it is B1060.5, it would be a record turnaround of 27 days, 4 hours, and 4 minutes from the launch of Turksat 5A on January 8.

So basically SpaceX is now able to fly the same booster twice in a month.
« Last Edit: 02/03/2021 09:40 pm by Jansen »

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Has Falcon rolled to the pad yet?
EDIT: Yes, BOTH are currently on the pads, as of February 3 afternoon EST.
https://twitter.com/Cygnusx112/status/1357067888646053890
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Not often we get to see TWO Falcon 9’s vertical at the same time. First launch in a few hours off of LC-40 at 1:19am L. LC-39A is Friday at 5:14am L.
Left Tweet image is of SLC-40; right Tweet image is of LC-39A.
The Falcon for this thread's launch coverage is on SLC-40.
« Last Edit: 02/04/2021 02:11 am by zubenelgenubi »
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Talk of camera issues in delaying the NSF youtube stream. The last SpaceX tweet 3 hours ago still said said the mission is go.
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NSF now live.
Launches attended: Worldview-4 (Atlas V 401), Iridium NEXT Flight 1 (Falcon 9 FT), PAZ+Starlink (Falcon 9 FT), Arabsat-6A (Falcon Heavy)
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Go for propellent load per NSF feed. Talk of recovery weather being an issue.
Launches attended: Worldview-4 (Atlas V 401), Iridium NEXT Flight 1 (Falcon 9 FT), PAZ+Starlink (Falcon 9 FT), Arabsat-6A (Falcon Heavy)
Pilgrimaged to: Boca Chica (09/19 & 01/22)

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