The Starlink 3-1 launch as seen from La Cumbre Peak in Santa Barbara, 52 miles from Vandenberg SFB.@NASASpaceflight
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofting the Starlink 3-1 group into space from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California this afternoon, as seen from an elevation of ~4200 feet and a distance of ~36 miles. @NASASpaceflight
Confirmation of deployment! Congratulations to SpaceX and Starlink for the successful launch!
https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/1546308308579090432QuoteWilliam Harwood @cbs_spacenewsF9/Starlink G3-1: LIFTOFF! At 9:39:40pm EDT (0139 UTC Monday)
William Harwood @cbs_spacenewsF9/Starlink G3-1: LIFTOFF! At 9:39:40pm EDT (0139 UTC Monday)
Starlink Group 3-1 sats now have orbits on Celestrak, in 306 x 319 km x 97.7 deg orbit with 17:22 local time descending node; I will update GCAT in a few hours.Compare the single-burn insertion for the Group 4-21 sats in a 268 x 327 km x 53.2 deg orbit.
Now looking like dawn (or a bit earlier) on Thursday morning now for OCISLY arrival at Long Beach.
B1063 waits to be lifted off droneship Of Course I Still Love You after arriving early this morning at the Port of Long Beach. In the meantime, crews flipped a fairing half affording me an insanely good look at its inner workings. @NASASpaceflight
B1063 arrived at Port of Long Beach this morning and posed for us all day before her lift from OCISLY onto the inspection mount. Always worth the wait to see a rocket dangling a few dozen feet in front of your face.@NASASpaceflight
How I wish to have captured Falcon 9 pivoting in its entirety. 😭 Nonetheless, giddy with this mini-spin of B1063 during its lift from OCISLY at Port of LB.@NASASpaceflight
Best umbrella ever. The second of two recovered Starlink 3-1 fairing halves being prepped and loaded for shipping out of Port of Long Beach. 7/14@NASASpaceflight
Merlin engine bell detail of B1063 after returning from the recent Starlink 3-1 mission. The color and texture resembles Artist's Palette in Death Valley.@NASASpaceflight
Close view of half the nosecone nose after its return from the Starlink 3-1 mission. 7/14 @NASASpaceflight