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Discussion thread for Starlink v1.0 Flight 14.

Check the Starlink Index Thread for links to more Starlink information.

NSF Threads for Starlink v1.0 Flight 14: Discussion

Successful launch October 24, 2020 at 11:31pm EDT (15:31 UTC) on Falcon 9 (booster 1060.3) from SLC-40.  ASDS landing on JRTI was successful.  There was an earlier launch attempt on October 22 that was scrubbed due to a faulty camera on the launch vehicle.  Both fairing catchers sustained damage during the previous launch campaign and did not participate in the first launch attempt.  On the day of the launch Ms. Chief was dispatched to recover the fairings from the water.  The fairings may have been watched over by another ship, Big Stone Leader, while Ms. Chief was en route.  JRTI was towed by Lauren Foss.  Expected deployment orbit of approximately 260km.

Payload: A batch of 60 Starlink satellites.

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

L2 SpaceX:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=60.0

From a previous mission's Press Kit:
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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 9’s 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 Earth’s 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 in the Northern U.S. and Canada in 2020, rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021. Additional information on the system can be found at starlink.com.
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We have next active NOTAM in MELBOURNE information region south of Australia that is intended for S2 debris reentry of Starlink V1.0-L14 with primary launch date planned NET October 21.
That looks like next flight proven booster is cleared for launch before GPS's B1062. Probably Starlink/GPS missions swap on SLC-40.

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MELBOURNE (FIR/FIC/ACC/COM/MET)
NOTAM #: F2989/20      Class: International      Status: Active      Issue Date UTC: 10/14/2020 2052      Start Date UTC: 10/21/2020 1829      End Date UTC: 10/24/2020 1817
F2989/20 NOTAMN
Q) YMMM/QWMLW/IV/BO/W/000/999/4959S10050E999
A) YMMM
B) 2010211829 C) 2010241817
D) 2010211829 TO 2010211922
   2010221807 TO 2010221900
   2010231746 TO 2010231839
   2010241724 TO 2010241817
PRI RE-ENTRY 21 1829-1922
BACKUP RE-ENTRY AS DEFINED IN FIELD D
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 OP  X0319 STARLINK V1.0-L14 STAGE 2
REENTRY WI THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
2943S 06007E
2455S 06427E
3845S 08430E
4512S 09945E
4946S 11913E
5042S 13819E
4850S 15644E
5146S 15808E
5442S 14832E
5620S 13103E
5552S 10750E
4911S 08505E
3432S 06413E TO BEGINNING
F) SFC G) UNL

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Hazard areas indicate 2 Starlink missions will launch next week: Mission 14 from LC-39A on Sunday, 10/18, and Mission 15 from SLC-40 on Wednesday, 10/21. This means mission 15 will launch before GPS-III-SV04, which is still troubleshooting engine issues.

https://twitter.com/TGMetsFan98/status/1316715562312052738

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According to Next Spaceflight, booster 1060.3 is going to be used for this mission. I'm also a bit surprised here, I expected SpaceX to use 1049.7 or maybe 1059.5 for this launch.

Source: https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/2579

Previous launches:
GPS III SV03 (June 2020)
Starlink-12 (September 2020)

I the launch time holds (October 21, 16:36 UTC), just over 48 days between two launches, so there's a potential for a record here.
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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I received the notice from the NGA for this launch.

Primary Day = Wednesday, October 21 at ~16:31 UTC.
Backup Day #1 = Thursday, October 22 at ~16:09 UTC.
Backup Day #2 = Friday, October 23 at ~15:48 UTC.
Backup Day #3 = Saturday, October 24 at ~15:26 UTC.

Quote from: NGA
160829Z OCT 20
NAVAREA IV 1000/20(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   211621Z TO 211739Z OCT, ALTERNATE
   221559Z TO 221717Z, 231538Z TO 231656Z
   AND 241516Z TO 241634Z OCT
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-38-22N 080-37-14W, 29-16-00N 079-53-00W,
      29-13-00N 079-45-00W, 28-27-00N 080-31-00W,
      28-27-30N 080-31-30W.
   B. 31-29-00N 077-32-00W, 33-15-00N 075-57-00W,
      33-40-00N 074-59-00W, 33-21-00N 074-25-00W,
      32-45-00N 074-32-00W, 31-13-00N 077-13-00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 241734Z OCT 20.

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https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1317801551746932736

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Just Read the Instructions is departing port ahead of SpaceX's 15th Starlink launch on Wednesday. The droneship is being towed by tugboat Lauren Foss.

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L-3 launch weather forecast is 60% GO

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https://twitter.com/kspaceacademy/status/1317839375225491458

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Look, we installed the #Fleetcam so we could stream the arrival and departure of boosters... technically, this counts!

This morning's Starlink launch can be seen in the background as "Just Read The Instructions" departs for its next mission.

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Cross-post; my bold:
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FALCON 9

The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral will launch the 14th Starlink batch from pad 39A on October 18 at 8:27am EDT. A Falcon 9 from pad 40 will launch the 15th Starlink batch on October 21 at 12:36pm EDT. A Falcon 9 will launch NROL-108 for the National Reconnaissance Office on October or November TBA. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch. A Falcon 9 from pad 40 will launch the fourth Block III GPS satellite for the U.S. Air/Space Force on TBD, in the evening EDT. The launch windows stretches 15 minutes. A Falcon 9 from pad 39A will launch Crew-1 to the ISS, on mid-November TBD, in the evening EST. The launch window is instantaneous. The launch time gets 22-26 min. earlier each day. A Falcon 9 will launch the SiriusXM-7 communication satellite on November TBD, likely in the middle of the night EST. And a Falcon 9 will launch the first cargo Dragon 2 to the ISS, CRS-21, on November 22 at the earliest or early December, around 4:30pm EST if 22nd. The launch time gets 22-26 min. earlier each day.

Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center launch schedule + comments:
Scheduled:
Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)

2020
October 24 22 21 NET November - Starlink flight 15 (x60) [v1.0 L14] - Falcon 9-096 (B1060.3 S) - Kennedy LC-39A / Canaveral SLC-40 - 15:31 16:14 36

NET Late October 25 - NROL-108 - Falcon 9-097 (L) - Canaveral SLC-40 (or November)

NET Early November October 3 - GPS III SV04 - Falcon 9-098 5 (B1062.1 S) - Canaveral SLC-40 - 23:00-00:00 ~01:00
(15 minute launch window; launch about 4 minutes earlier/day; (re-)Static Fire before launch)

November October - NROL-101 - Atlas V 531 (AV-090) - Canaveral SLC-41
(Static Fire October 21)

November (likely after NROL-101) - NROL-44: Orion 10 (RIO 10, Mission 8306, Mentor 8 ) (TBD) - Delta IV-H [D-385] - Canaveral SLC-37B - 02:00-06:00? 42 (October 1 16 24 NET Late October)
(launch window about 4 minutes earlier/day)

November 6 - SiriusXM SXM-7 - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40 Kennedy LC-39A
(launch window about 4 minutes earlier/day)

Late November October 31 Early to Mid November NET November 11 Mid November - USCV-1: Dragon v2 "Resilience" Crew-1 - Falcon 9 (B1061.1 S) - Kennedy LC-39A - 06:40
(launch 22-26 minutes earlier/day; after a review of a successful Sentinel-6A launch)

November 30 - Turksat 5A - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40 / Kennedy LC-39A
(launch window about 4 minutes earlier/day)

NET November - Starlink flight 16 (x60) [v1.0 L15] - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40 / Kennedy LC-39A

NET November - Starlink flight 17 (x60) [v1.0 L16] - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40 / Kennedy LC-39A

Early December - Dragon v2 SpX-21 (CRS-21), Bishop (NanoRacks Airlock Module) - Falcon 9 (B1058.4) - Kennedy LC-39A Canaveral SLC-40 - ~21:30 (or NET Late November 22 15)
(launch 22-26 minutes earlier/day)

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I don't see an updated weather forecast yet today.

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I don't see an updated weather forecast yet today.

They finally put the L-2 forecast (issued this morning) on the web site.  No change from the previous forecast.

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Was there a static fire test?

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Was there a static fire test?
Not required for internal payloads on a flown booster. Flight by flight determination for flown boosters. All maiden flight boosters are subject to the customary static fire at McGregor and the Flight Readiness Firing (Static Fire) at their assigned pad for that launch. The plan is to phase pad FRF SF's out and only be required to the Quality Assurance Verification Static Fire at McGregor for new boosters. If flight rate stays strong it negates most of the need for the FRF to verify pad systems through ignition sequence post start with shutdown.

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Looks like the mission will be delayed by one day.

Source:
https://twitter.com/EmreKelly/status/1318637294165856263
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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Looks like the mission will be delayed by one day.

Source:
https://twitter.com/EmreKelly/status/1318637294165856263

Those documents have had the wrong date before.  The weather forecast has disappeared entirely from the Patrick AFB site now.  Probably a delay, but a direct confirmation would be nice.

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Here's the update from the NGA removing the 21st.  Note that the 24th is listed twice (bolded by me).  This might have been meant to add the 25th as another hazard day, in which case I expect a "Corrected Copy" notice to be issued with the same notice number.  If it's just an inadvertent duplication, then a correction may not be issued.

Quote from: NGA
202033Z OCT 20
NAVAREA IV 1018/20(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   221559Z TO 221717Z OCT, ALTERNATE
   231538Z TO 231656Z, 241516Z TO 241634Z
   AND 241516Z TO 241634Z OCT
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-38-22N 080-37-14W, 29-16-00N 079-53-00W,
      29-13-00N 079-45-00W, 28-27-00N 080-31-00W,
      28-27-30N 080-31-30W.
   B. 31-29-00N 077-32-00W, 33-15-00N 075-57-00W,
      33-40-00N 074-59-00W, 33-21-00N 074-25-00W,
      32-45-00N 074-32-00W, 31-13-00N 077-13-00W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA IV 1000/20.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 241734Z OCT 20.

Referenced:
Quote from: NGA
160829Z OCT 20
NAVAREA IV 1000/20(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   211621Z TO 211739Z OCT, ALTERNATE
   221559Z TO 221717Z, 231538Z TO 231656Z
   AND 241516Z TO 241634Z OCT
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-38-22N 080-37-14W, 29-16-00N 079-53-00W,
      29-13-00N 079-45-00W, 28-27-00N 080-31-00W,
      28-27-30N 080-31-30W.
   B. 31-29-00N 077-32-00W, 33-15-00N 075-57-00W,
      33-40-00N 074-59-00W, 33-21-00N 074-25-00W,
      32-45-00N 074-32-00W, 31-13-00N 077-13-00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 241734Z OCT 20.

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Possibly to give the fairing catchers some time for repairs

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