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Title    SpaceX to Become World's Largest Satellite Operator; Launch, Booster Landing Successful [UPDATED]
Date    Monday January 06 2020, @09:17PM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/01/06/2010206

martyb writes:

[UPDATE (20200107_023514 UTC): Launch went off smoothly and on time. Booster landed safely on the drone ship. Second stage is in proper orbit and currently in coast phase leading up to satellite deployment.]

With Monday night launch, SpaceX to become world's largest satellite operator:

In 2019 SpaceX launched two batches of 60 Starlink satellites—one experimental, and the second operational. On Monday, the company plans to add 60 more satellites with a nighttime launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

If all goes to plan, this mission will be just the first of as many as 20 Starlink launches this year as SpaceX builds up a constellation of satellites in low-Earth orbit to provide global Internet service. SpaceX may begin to offer "bumpy" service by the middle of this year to some consumers.

Following this next launch, scheduled for 9:19pm ET Monday (02:19 UTC Tuesday), SpaceX will have a constellation of nearly 180 satellites in low-Earth orbit, each weighing a little more than 220kg. This will make the company simultaneously the world's largest private satellite operator (eclipsing Planet Labs), while also being the most active private launch company.

[...] Monday night's launch attempt will occur on a Falcon 9 first stage that has flown three times previously, in September 2018 (Telstar 18 VANTAGE), January 2019 (Iridium-8), and May 2019 (the first experimental Starlink mission). After launching, the first stage will land on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Another vessel, "Ms. Tree," will attempt to recover a payload fairing half. The Starlink satellites themselves will deploy at 61 minutes into the mission, at an altitude of 290km.

A webcast of the mission should begin about 15 minutes prior to launch.

Link to the YouTube webcast.

Previously:

Astrophysicists Peeved As SpaceX's Starlink Sats Block Meteor Spotting
SpaceX's Starship Can Launch 400 Starlink Satellites at Once
Elon Musk Sends Tweet Via SpaceX's Starlink Satellite Broadband
SpaceX Requests Permission to Launch an Additional 30,000 Starlink Satellites, to a Total of 42,000+
Three of SpaceX's Starlink Satellites have Failed
Most of SpaceX's Starlink Internet Satellites are Already on Track
Third Time's the Charm! SpaceX Launch Good; Starlink Satellite Deployment Coming Up [Updated]
SpaceX's First Dedicated Starlink Launch Set for May; Amazon Hired SpaceX Execs for Project Kuiper
SpaceX Seeks Approval for 1 Million Starlink Ground Stations, Faces Pentagon Audit
U.S. Air Force Awards SpaceX $28.7 Million to Study Military Applications of Starlink
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Fired Managers and Employees in June to Shake Up Starlink Project
SpaceX Starlink Satellite Prototypes Include Packed, Flexible Solar Arrays

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Links

  1. "martyb" - https://soylentnews.org/~martyb/
  2. "With Monday night launch, SpaceX to become world's largest satellite operator" - https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/with-monday-night-launch-spacex-to-become-worlds-largest-satellite-operator/
  3. "YouTube webcast" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwyXo6T7jC4
  4. "Astrophysicists Peeved As SpaceX's Starlink Sats Block Meteor Spotting" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/11/28/1440250
  5. "SpaceX's Starship Can Launch 400 Starlink Satellites at Once" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/10/28/200257
  6. "Elon Musk Sends Tweet Via SpaceX's Starlink Satellite Broadband" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/10/24/0133253
  7. "SpaceX Requests Permission to Launch an Additional 30,000 Starlink Satellites, to a Total of 42,000+" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/10/16/1153215
  8. "Three of SpaceX's Starlink Satellites have Failed" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/06/29/1738244
  9. "Most of SpaceX's Starlink Internet Satellites are Already on Track" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/06/02/0816202
  10. "Third Time's the Charm! SpaceX Launch Good; Starlink Satellite Deployment Coming Up [Updated]" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/05/23/0338212
  11. "SpaceX's First Dedicated Starlink Launch Set for May; Amazon Hired SpaceX Execs for Project Kuiper" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/04/09/2112216
  12. "SpaceX Seeks Approval for 1 Million Starlink Ground Stations, Faces Pentagon Audit" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/02/13/1632214
  13. "U.S. Air Force Awards SpaceX $28.7 Million to Study Military Applications of Starlink" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/12/22/1516251
  14. "SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Fired Managers and Employees in June to Shake Up Starlink Project" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/11/01/2018259
  15. "SpaceX Starlink Satellite Prototypes Include Packed, Flexible Solar Arrays" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/10/02/1519207
  16. "Original Submission #1" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=38431
  17. "Original Submission #2" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=38433

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