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Thread for the Starlink 6-59 group launch.

Launch 18 May 2024, at 00:32:00 UTC (8:32 pm EDT), from CCSFS SLC-40, on booster 1062-21.  The first stage will land aboard A Shortfall of Gravitas.

Payload 23 Starlink V2 Mini satellites to 43 degree inclination orbit on a southeastern trajectory.  Initial orbit 285 x 293 km.

Please use the Starlink Discussion Thread for all general discussion on Starlink.

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« Last Edit: 05/17/2024 01:34 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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F1750/24 NOTAMN
Q) YMMM/QWMLW/IV/BO/W/000/999/1513S08257E730
A) YMMM
B) 2405180142 C) 2405230555
D) 2405180142 TO 2405180614
   2405190146 TO 2405190614
   2405200120 TO 2405200614
   2405210120 TO 2405210614
   2405220120 TO 2405220614
   2405230101 TO 2405230555
E) ROCKET LAUNCH WILL TAKE PLACE
FLW RECEIVED FROM GOVERNMENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
HAZARDOUS OPS WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR ATMOSPHERIC RE-ENTRY AND
SPLASHDOWN OF LAUNCH VEHICLE FALCON-9 STARLINK 6-59 STAGE 2
WI THE
FOLLOWING AREAS:
2033S 07500E
0746S 08927E
0853S 09228E
2422S 07500E TO BEGINNING
PRIMARY LAUNCH 240518

BACKUP AS PER FIELD D
F) SFC G) UNL


I got the approximate launch time by subtracting the time between current window opening and this 2nd stage de-orbit zone activation time for similar 6-58 (1 hours, 50 minutes), which IIRC is more or less accurate.

The launch window opening is currently less than 2 hours after the planned launch of Starliner CFT.
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Nothing yet from Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide; updated May 8 after Starlink 6-56 launch; my bold:
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The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on May 12 at 8:11 p.m.-12:11 a.m. EDT. Upcoming launches include more Starlink batches.
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NGA Rocket Lauching [sic] notice. Note that the Primary Day hazard period starts on May 18 at 01:22 UTC.

Quote from: NGA
130251Z MAY 24
NAVAREA IV 532/24(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUCHING
   180122Z TO 180553Z MAY, ALTERNATE
   190056Z TO 190527Z, 200029Z TO 200500Z,
   210003Z TO 210434Z, 212337Z TO 220408Z,
   222311Z TO 230342Z AND 232245Z TO 240316Z MAY
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-38.53N 080-37.35W, 28-39.00N 080-37.00W,
      28-37.00N 080-27.00W, 28-26.00N 080-08.00W,
      28-20.00N 080-00.00W, 28-17.00N 080-02.00W,
      28-30.00N 080-32.00W, 28-30.72N 080-33.15W.
   B. 26-15.00N 076-00.00W, 26-06.00N 074-58.00W,
      25-36.00N 074-03.00W, 25-23.00N 073-53.00W,
      25-09.00N 074-01.00W, 25-06.00N 074-16.00W,
      25-08.00N 074-38.00W, 25-18.00N 075-00.00W,
      25-58.00N 075-59.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 240416Z MAY 24.

Multi-launch NGA Space Debris notices (the same notice for two different Navigational Areas).

Quote from: NGA
240407Z APR 24
HYDROLANT 869/24(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   0001Z TO 2359Z DAILY 27 APR THRU 31 MAY
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 010059Z JUN 24.//
Quote from: NGA
240407Z APR 24
HYDROPAC 1342/24(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   0001Z TO 2359Z DAILY 27 APR THRU 31 MAY
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 010059Z JUN 24.//

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Ben Cooper now listing this launch from SLC-40 with the window between 01:22 UTC and 05:22 UTC

https://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html

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The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Starlink batch from pad 40 on May 17 at 9:22 p.m.-1:22 a.m. EDT.
Launches Seen: Atlas V OA-7, Falcon 9 Starlink 6-4, Falcon 9 CRS-28,

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With JRTI drydocked in Freeport, I deduce ASOG will serve this launch.

For the duration of the drydocking, ASOG turnaround will gate the Florida launch cadence.

Also, if the Starliner CFT launch date/time holds, then we may see adjacent pads occupied part of the day of May 17: SLC-41 and SLC-40--unless the Falcon 9 roll-out is delayed until directly after the Atlas V launches.



Which first stage will be used for this launch? (semi-rhetorical question)

Falcon 9 first stages are now apparently cleared for use up to twenty times for non-crewed launches, although that number is apparently more restricted for Cargo Dragon or Cygnus than these other payloads.

1064.6 and 1065.6 are the Falcon Heavy side boosters for Europa Clipper.  1072.1 and 1086.1 are assigned as the Falcon Heavy side boosters for GOES-U.

1073.16 and 1076.14 may undergo modifications to become Falcon Heavy side boosters for a future launch, but both are currently available for "single-stick" launches.  (I personally wonder if the above will be done.)

Available first stages, with UTC date of most recent recovery:
1062.21  Apr 13 (likely out of rotation for extensive engineering analysis)
1077.13  Apr 17
1080.8    Apr 18
1078.10  Apr 23
1076.14  Apr 28 (maybe)

Edit May 16: It's B1062.21!  No months-long engineering analysis.
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A cancel-and-replace Rocket Lauching [sic] notice changing the Primary launch opportunity to May 17 at 23:52 UTC.

Quote from: NGA
131736Z MAY 24
NAVAREA IV 537/24(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUCHING
   172352Z TO 180401Z MAY, ALTERNATE
   182356Z TO 190401Z, 192330Z TO 200401Z,
   202330Z TO 210401Z, 212330Z TO 220401Z AND
   222311Z TO 230342Z MAY
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-38.53N 080-37.35W, 28-39.00N 080-37.00W,
      28-37.00N 080-27.00W, 28-26.00N 080-08.00W,
      28-20.00N 080-00.00W, 28-17.00N 080-02.00W,
      28-30.00N 080-32.00W, 28-30.72N 080-33.15W.
   B. 26-15.00N 076-00.00W, 26-06.00N 074-58.00W,
      25-36.00N 074-03.00W, 25-23.00N 073-53.00W,
      25-09.00N 074-01.00W, 25-06.00N 074-16.00W,
      25-08.00N 074-38.00W, 25-18.00N 075-00.00W,
      25-58.00N 075-59.00W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA IV 532/24.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 230442Z MAY 24.

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NGA Rocket Lauching [sic] notice.

Maps from the Lauching [sic] and Space Debris notices. From the Lauch [sic] area, the most likely pad is LC-39A, which would make the ASDS 604km downrange.

EDIT: It's SLC-40, so 600km downrange.
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The FAA ATCSCC Current Operations Plan Advisory now has this launch, matching the most recent NGA notice.

https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp

Quote from: FAA
STARLINK 6-59 CAPE CANAVERAL SFS, FL
PRIMARY:        05/17/24        2352Z-0401Z
BACKUP:         05/18/24        2356Z-0401Z
                05/19/24        2330Z-0401Z
                05/20/24        2330Z-0401Z
                05/21/24        2330Z-0401Z
                05/22/24        2311Z-0342Z

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ASOG departed Port Canaveral at ~4:10 UTC
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L-1 weather forecast. 75%->95% 'Go' for May 17. 40%->80% 'Go' for May 18. All Additional Risk Criteria are Low.

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Booster B1062-21
NET May 18th, 00:32 UTC

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SpaceX is targeting Friday, May 17 for a Falcon 9 launch of 23 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is targeted for 8:32 p.m. ET, with backup opportunities available until 11:30 p.m. ET. If needed, additional opportunities are also available on Saturday, May 18 starting at 8:06 p.m. ET.

A live webcast of this mission will begin on X @SpaceX about five minutes prior to liftoff. Watch live.

This is the 21st flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched GPS III Space Vehicle 04, GPS III Space Vehicle 05, Inspiration4, Ax-1, Nilesat 301, OneWeb Launch 17, ARABSAT BADR-8, and 13 Starlink missions. Following stage separation, the first stage will land on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=sl-6-59

Twitter/X Webcast: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1mrxmyQqAldxy
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PDF of online press kit.
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https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1791223235507355727
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Targeting Friday, May 17 for a Falcon 9 launch of 23 @Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Florida → http://spacex.com/launches
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SpaceX Broadcast Link on Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1mrxmyQqAldxy

Space Affairs YouTube (Re-broadcast):  https://youtube.com/watch?v=jbAwHi67ZyM

Replay supplied by The Space Dev's (15 min after the broadcast end):  https://youtube.com/@thespacedevs/videos

Summary Video provided by SciNews (15 min after the broadcast ends):  https://youtube.com/@SciNewsRo/videos

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Primary launch opportunity is 2024-05-18 00:32:00 UTC per CelesTrak.

https://twitter.com/TSKelso/status/1791394239865389387

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CelesTrak has pre-launch SupGP data for the @Starlink Group 6-59 launch from Cape Canaveral on 2024-05-18 at 00:32:00 UTC: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/table.php?FILE=starlink-g6-59. Deployment of 23 satellites at 01:37:23.020 UTC. Data for 8 backup launch opportunities also provided: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/.

https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/

Launch: 2024-05-18 00:32:00 UTC. Deploy: 2024-05-18 01:37:23.020 UTC.
Launch: 2024-05-18 00:38:00 UTC. Deploy: 2024-05-18 01:43:23.020 UTC.
Launch: 2024-05-18 00:52:00 UTC. Deploy: 2024-05-18 01:57:23.020 UTC.
Launch: 2024-05-18 01:06:00 UTC. Deploy: 2024-05-18 02:11:23.020 UTC.
Launch: 2024-05-18 01:22:00 UTC. Deploy: 2024-05-18 02:27:23.020 UTC.
Launch: 2024-05-18 01:36:00 UTC. Deploy: 2024-05-18 02:41:23.020 UTC.
Launch: 2024-05-18 01:52:00 UTC. Deploy: 2024-05-18 02:57:23.020 UTC.
Launch: 2024-05-18 03:16:00 UTC. Deploy: 2024-05-18 04:21:23.020 UTC.
Launch: 2024-05-18 03:30:00 UTC. Deploy: 2024-05-18 04:35:23.020 UTC.

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https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1791615737431560342

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Less than one hour until Falcon 9s launch of 23 @Starlink satellites from Florida. All systems are looking good and weather is 95% favorable for liftoff → spacex.com/launches

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