Observe the important thing occasions of the Falcon 9 rocket’s ascent to orbit with 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband community.
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket is scheduled to carry off Monday at 9:49 a.m. EST (1449 GMT) from the Advanced 40 launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Power Station in Florida.
The Falcon 9 will head northeast from Cape Canaveral over the Atlantic Ocean to put the 60 Starlink satellites right into a round orbit round 180 miles (290 kilometers) above Earth. The satellites will use their ion thrusters to maneuver into their greater orbit for testing, earlier than lastly continuing to an operational orbit at an altitude of roughly 341 miles (550 kilometers).
The Falcon 9’s first stage will goal a touchdown on SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Nonetheless Love You” within the Atlantic Ocean practically 400 miles northeast of Cape Canaveral.
The primary stage booster launching tonight beforehand flew on two missions. The booster first launched from the Kennedy Area Middle in March 2019 with SpaceX’s first unpiloted Crew Dragon capsule, then launched once more in June 2019 from Vandenberg Air Power Base in California with the Canadian Radarsat Sonstellation Mission.
For Monday’s mission, SpaceX may even try to catch each halves of the Falcon 9’s payload fairing utilizing nets aboard the ocean-going ships “Ms. Tree” and “Ms. Chief” within the Atlantic Ocean.
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T+Zero:01:13: Max Q
T+Zero:02:36: Stage 1 Separation
T+Zero:02:43: Stage 2 Ignition
T+Zero:03:24: Fairing Jettison
T+Zero:06:41: Stage 1 Entry Burn Full
T+Zero:08:24: Stage 1 Touchdown
T+Zero:08:49: SECO 1
T+Zero:45:55: Stage 2 Restart
T+Zero:45:57: SECO 2
T+1:01:48: Starlink Deployment
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