The Starlink 25 mission’s launch webcast begun about 15 minutes before lift-off for yesterday’s flight, which launched 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit to expand SpaceX’s ever-growing constellation. The Falcon 9’s first stage had already launched six previous Starlink missions, as well as the Telstar 18 Vantage and Iridium-8 missions.
Yesterday’s launch was the ninth for the Falcon 9′s first stage, which has already launched nine previous Starlink missions, the Telstar 18 Vantage mission, and the Iridium-8 mission.
SpaceX was aiming Tuesday, May 4 for launch of 60 satellites from Launch area 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Centre. The instantaneous window was at 3:01 p.m. EDT, or 19:01 UTC, and a backup opportunity was available on today, May 5 at 2:39 p.m. EDT, or 18:39 UTC.
The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster was backing this mission. Previously the same rocket booster helped the launch of Telstar 18 VANTAGE, Iridium-8, and six Starlinkmissions. SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on a droneship, which is situated in the Atlantic Ocean after its stage separation. Falcon 9’s one half fairing earlier also supported 2 Starlink missions.
The live webcast begun about 15 minutes before lift-off.
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