SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites Atop Falcon 9 Rocket Written 7 October 2020


SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network stands on pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. | John Raoux; Associated Press–©

In continuing coverage, Spaceflight Now reports that SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket, carrying 60 Starlink satellites, at 7:29 a.m. EDT Tuesday. Two-and-a-half minutes after the rocket lifted off, “the first stage booster shut down and jettisoned to begin a descent toward SpaceX’s drone ship positioned in the Atlantic Ocean around 400 miles (630 kilometers) northeast of Cape Canaveral.” The first stage successfully landed on a recovery ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The “60 flat-panel satellites separated from the Falcon 9’s upper stage around 8:31 a.m. EDT.” The “successful launch Tuesday occurred on SpaceX’s fifth try to send the next 60 Starlink satellites into orbit.”
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