SpaceX Launches from Each Coast Written 21 February 2023
Spaceflight Now reported that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket “delivered 51 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit Friday after launching from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, adding to SpaceX’s global broadband network that reaches all seven continents.” The Starlink 2-5 mission lifted off “from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg, a military spaceport about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.” Space News reported that SpaceX also launched a Falcon 9 carrying the Inmarsat-6 F2 (I-6 F2) satellite at 10:59 p.m. Eastern from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. I-6 F2 separated “from the rocket about 32 minutes later, and will use onboard electric propulsion to get to its geostationary orbit slot over the Atlantic Ocean over the next several months.” Inmarsat said I-6 F2 “is slated to enter service in 2024 following rigorous in-orbit tests.”
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On Friday, February 17 at 11:12 a.m. PT, a SpaceX Falcon 9 launched 51 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
On Friday, February 17 at 10:59 p.m. ET, SpaceX launched the Inmarsat I-6 F2 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.