SpaceX is targeting Thursday, December 2 for a Falcon 9 launch of 48 Starlink satellites and two BlackSky spacecraft [Global-12 and Global-13] to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The instantaneous launch window is at 6:12 p.m. EST, or 23:12 UTC.The Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, and five Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
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 to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021. Additional information on the system can be found at starlink.com.
Booster B1062.4 has been spotted recently at KSC with a second stage already attached, but since it wasn't used for Starlink 4-1, I'm guessing it will launch IXPE?https://twitter.com/chancebelloise/status/1456273334186831883
SpX-23 LC-39A August 29 (UTC)Inspiration4 LC-39A September 16Crew-3 LC-39A November 11Starlink 4-1 SLC-40 November 13 12?? ?? ??IXPE LC-39A December 9Turksat 5B SLC-40 mid Dec late 2021SpX-24 LC-39A December 21CSG-2 SLC-40 December 14An observation: If SpaceX wishes to, there is room in the launch schedule for another Starlink cluster launch from SLC-40 in late November [or early December, or late December], before Turksat 5B CSG-2. [Time for a SLC-40 launch campaign that does not conflict with CSG-2, as the CSG-2 launch from SLC-40 must also be accommodated.]I don't know how much time the IXPE launch campaign needs, or I might also speculate about a launch from LC-39A in late November.Edits: Nov 12 and 14
Quote from: wannamoonbase on 11/13/2021 12:55 pmCongratulations SpaceX on what appears to be a flawless flight and a return of east coast Starlink flights. The rest of the 2021 Manifest looks like it could finish strong. Hopefully there can be 1 or two more Starlink flights before 12/31<snip> Been meaning to do this for awhile but per Elon's tweet that SpaceX plans to launch 80t in Q4, that will definitely require at least a few more Starlink launches. Based on him saying that SpaceX launched 41t in Q3, I'll ballpark that as 13t for Inspiration4, 14t for CRS-23, and 14t for Starlink 2-1. In Q4, we have two launches behind us and five more confirmed missions on the manifest:QuoteCrew-3 (13t)Starlink 4-1 (15t)DART (0.7t)IXPE (0.4t)CSG-2 (2.2t)Turksat 5B (4.5t)CRS-24 (14t)Altogether, that's about 50t, leaving room for two more Starlink launches to reach Elon's 80t prediction. I'd personally guess that that means one more Starlink launch from each coast before the end of the year.
Congratulations SpaceX on what appears to be a flawless flight and a return of east coast Starlink flights. The rest of the 2021 Manifest looks like it could finish strong. Hopefully there can be 1 or two more Starlink flights before 12/31
Crew-3 (13t)Starlink 4-1 (15t)DART (0.7t)IXPE (0.4t)CSG-2 (2.2t)Turksat 5B (4.5t)CRS-24 (14t)
At least four Falcon 9 missions are scheduled in December from Florida’s Space Coast, launching more Starlink satellites, NASA’s IXPE X-ray astronomy telescope, the Turksat 5B communications payload, and another NASA cargo mission to the space station.
(We = the spaceflight community not privy to confidential information)"We" know the next Starlink batch launch from Florida will be soon. What we don't know are the planned particulars of that mission.Launch Photography has mentioned this launch as TBA for some time; Next Spaceflight has listed NET December for some time as well.
At least four Falcon 9 missions are scheduled in December from Florida’s Space Coast, launching more Starlink satellites, ...
If this launch is going to be called 2-2 and will be launching to 70° it will make sense. It would just confirm that the first number is the shell number.
Quote from: soltasto on 11/15/2021 12:34 pmIf this launch is going to be called 2-2 and will be launching to 70° it will make sense. It would just confirm that the first number is the shell number.Have we seen FCC filings for 70° launches from Florida? I thought we've only seen 53.2° and 97.6°.
I'm hoping this mission is called Starlink 4-2, otherwise I'll just throw myself off a cliff...
Quote from: scr00chy on 11/15/2021 10:36 amI'm hoping this mission is called Starlink 4-2, otherwise I'll just throw myself off a cliff...Hang in there, scr00chy!
2021 Launched:Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)December 2 NET July NET August? Aug Aug? NET October TBD Dec 1 - Starlink 4-3 4-2? (x48 x60 x53? TBD or x46) (flight 32 TBD) [v1.5 L3 TBD v1.0 L30], SXRS-2: BlackSky 12 and 13 - Falcon 9-130 (1060.9 1062.4? S) - Canaveral SLC-40 / Kennedy LC-39A - 23:12:00 06:36 23:20 ~23:00 22:57 or 23:28 or(Starlink: launch 20-22 minutes earlier/day)2021 Scheduled:Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)December 5 TBD Q1 February 26 TBD midyear June 23 NET late NET July NET August late Aug or early Sept? NET early Sept ? TBD NET mid-November ~22 22 Dec 4 - STP-3: STPSat-6, ROOSTER-1 (LDPE-1), small satellites (up to 4 x6?) - Atlas V 551 (AV-093) - Canaveral SLC-41 - 09:04-11:04December 9 May 31 September 15 NET November 20 NET 17 Dec 13 - IXPE - Falcon 9-131 130? 129? 130? TBD (1062.4? previously flown S) - Kennedy LC-39A - 06:00-07:30December 19 Q2 June Q4 end of year December mid Dec - Türksat 5B - Falcon 9-132? TBD (S) - Canaveral SLC-40 / Kennedy LC-39A - 03:58-05:28 likely night ESTDecember 21 October 2 November Nov 10 December 2 4 late - Dragon SpX-24 - Falcon 9-133? 131? 132? TBD (S) - Kennedy LC-39A - 10:06 ~09:00(ISS flights: 22-26 minutes earlier/day)NET January 2022 NET July NET September August? NET Sept? NET October TBD NET late Dec - Starlink 4-? (x53? x60) (flight TBD) [v1.5 L-TBD v1.0 L31] - Falcon 9-TBD (S) - Canaveral SLC-40? / Kennedy LC-39A(Starlink: launch 20-22 minutes earlier/day)NET January 2022 NET Dec 1/NLT July 2022 NET Dec - VCLS Demo 2A: BAMA-1, CURIE A, CURIE B, INCA, QubeSat, R5-S1 (ELaNa 41) - Rocket 3.x (Astra) [LV0008] - Canaveral SLC-46 Kodiak LP-3B / KwajaleinEarly 2022 TBD 2022 (NET) November 18 December Dec 14 Dec? - CSG-2 - Falcon 9-TBD 128? TBD 130? 131? (L?) - Canaveral SLC-40 / Kennedy LC-39A Kourou - ~23:11 23:11:12(Sun-synchronous orbit satellites: launch at approximately the same time of day year-round)Changes on September 23rd, 2020Changes on November 5th, 2020Changes on November 7th, 2020Changes in November 2020Changes on November 16th, 2020Changes on December 11th, 2020Changes on December 14th, 2020Changes on JanuaryChanges on January 25thChanges on February 15thChanges in FebruaryChanges on March 16thChanges on April 7thChanges on April 12thChanges on April 15thChanges on May 1stChanges on May 21stChanges on May 22ndChanges on May 27thChanges on June 4thChanges on June 7thChanges on June 10thChanges on June 11thChanges on June 14thChanges on June 24thChanges on June 30thChanges on July 13thChanges on July 27thChanges on August 10thChanges on August 11thChanges on August 13thChanges on August 14thChanges on September 7thChanges on September 8thChanges on September 14thChanges on September 27thChanges on September 30thChanges on October 6thChanges on October 14thChanges on October 16thChanges on October 18thChanges on October 19thChanges on October 20thChanges on October 22ndChanges on October 30thChanges on November 1stChanges on November 4thChanges on November 5thChanges on November 9thChanges on November 11thChanges on November 12thChanges on November 13thChanges on November 17thChanges on November 19thChanges on November 20thChanges on November 22ndChanges on November 28thChanges on November 30thChanges on December 1stChanges on December 2ndChanges on December 3rdzubenelgenubi
are we guessing 1060.9 for this? seems like the next up, that is well used
261002Z NOV 21NAVAREA IV 1061/21(11,12,26).WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC. FLORIDA. 1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING 012220Z TO 020107Z DEC, ALTERNATE 022157Z TO 030044Z, 032135Z TO 040022Z, 042112Z TO 042359Z, 052049Z TO 052336Z, 062027Z TO 062314Z, 072004Z TO 072251Z AND 081941Z TO 082228Z DEC IN AREAS BOUND BY: A. 28-37-13N 080-36-16W, 29-12-00N 079-53-00W, 29-07-00N 079-49-00W, 28-35-00N 080-22-00W, 28-29-10N 080-32-24W. B. 31-39-00N 077-20-00W, 33-15-00N 075-57-00W, 33-45-00N 074-46-00W, 33-27-00N 074-14-00W, 32-33-00N 074-39-00W, 31-25-00N 077-06-00W.2. CANCEL THIS MSG 082328Z DEC 21.
271025Z NOV 21HYDROPAC 3415/21(61,75,76).INDIAN OCEAN.WESTERN SOUTH PACIFIC.DNC 03, DNC 04, DNC 05.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS 020032Z TO 020252Z, ALTERNATE 030009Z TO 030229Z, 032347Z TO 040207Z, 042324Z TO 050144Z, 052301Z TO 060121Z, 062239Z TO 070059Z, 072216Z TO 080036Z, AND 082153Z TO 090013Z DEC IN AREA BOUND BY 29-43S 060-07E, 24-55S 064-27E, 38-45S 084-30E, 45-12S 099-45E, 49-46S 119-13E, 50-42S 138-19E, 48-50S 156-44E, 51-46S 158-08E, 54-42S 148-32E, 56-20S 131-03E, 55-52S 107-50E, 49-11S 085-05E, 34-32S 064-13E.2. CANCEL HYDROPAC 3414/21.3. CANCEL THIS MSG 090113Z DEC 21.