SpaceX is targeting Monday, September 13 for a Falcon 9 launch of 51 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The instantaneous window is at 8:55 p.m. PDT, or September 14 at 3:55 UTC, and a backup opportunity is available on Tuesday, September 14 at 8:56 p.m. PDT, or September 15 at 3:56 UTC.The booster supporting this mission previously launched Telstar 18 VANTAGE, Iridium-8, and seven Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9ís first stage on the ďOf Course I Still Love YouĒ droneship, which will be stationed in the Pacific Ocean. One half of Falcon 9ís fairing halves previously supported NROL-108 and the other previously flew on GPS III-3 and Turksat-5A.
Each Starlink satellite weights approximately 260 kg and features a compact, flat-panel design that minimizes volume, allowing for a dense launch stack to take full advantage of Falcon 9ís launch capabilities. With four powerful phased array and two parabolic antennas on each satellite ... At end of their life cycle, the satellites will utilize their on-board propulsion system to deorbit over the course of a few months. In the unlikely event their propulsion system becomes inoperable, the satellites will burn up in Earthís atmosphere within 1-5 years, significantly less than the hundreds or thousands of years required at higher altitudes. Further, Starlink components are designed for full demisability.Starlink is targeting service to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021. Additional information on the system can be found at starlink.com.
This application uses information from previous grant 1379-EX-ST-2020. This STA is necessary to authorize launch vehicle communications for Starlink RF Mission 1-5 from SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the experimental recovery operation following the Falcon 9 launch. The application includes sub-orbital first stage and orbital second stage. Trajectory data shall be provided directly to NTIA, USAF, and NASA. All downrange Earth stations are receive-only. The recovery portion is limited to two functions: 1) pre-launch checkout test of the command uplink from an onshore station at launch site, and 2) command of landed stage from recovery boat. All operations are pre-coordinated with the Launch Range. Launch licensing authority is FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
ASDS recovery location is North 29 22 32 West 117 50 59Datum: NAD 83
What orbital inclination would that translate to?
Quote from: Josh_from_Canada on 05/26/2021 11:56 pmWhat orbital inclination would that translate to?97.6 degrees
Quote from: Jansen on 05/27/2021 12:07 amQuote from: Josh_from_Canada on 05/26/2021 11:56 pmWhat orbital inclination would that translate to?97.6 degreesThose coordinates actually give exactly 70į
Those coordinates actually give exactly 70į
https://twitter.com/FarryFaz/status/1393337977238134785QuoteLegs off for B1051. I Wonder why? 📷: JH
Legs off for B1051. I Wonder why? 📷: JH
Quote from: Lewis007 on 05/15/2021 04:21 amhttps://twitter.com/FarryFaz/status/1393337977238134785QuoteLegs off for B1051. I Wonder why? 📷: JHB1051 also had legs removed, wondering if itís going out west as well.
https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1392304441727111168Quote from: tweet by FarrielleNot the best photo but why do you think they took the legs off B1049.9? 📷 Jon HunterQuote from: tweet reply by JuliaIt may have been faster if they needed it back on base with another booster inbound soon. Legs may have been giving them trouble retracting? Or maybe it's part of the inspection to have the legs off and it turns out to be less time consuming to do it at this stage.Legs were removed from B1049, not sure why.
Not the best photo but why do you think they took the legs off B1049.9? 📷 Jon Hunter
It may have been faster if they needed it back on base with another booster inbound soon. Legs may have been giving them trouble retracting? Or maybe it's part of the inspection to have the legs off and it turns out to be less time consuming to do it at this stage.
Did you mean "1049 also had it's legs removed"and that 1051 would be joining 1049 at Vandenberg to launch Starlink payloads?Carl
I don't understand how they can do this flight in July. Drone isn't even underway to the west coast. And it would take about 2 month. Though i thought that B1049 or B1051 might be one way flight.