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WATCH NOW: SpaceX to Launch Falcon 9 rocket Starlink mission from SLC-40 #Starlink23 @replay

Published on 24 Mar 2021 / In Travel & Events

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Starlink 23 mission with the next batch of 60 Starlink satellites. The rocket will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Launch window begins at 04:28am ET (08:28am UTC)

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Starlink 23 will mark the 22nd operational Starlink mission, boosting the total number of Starlink satellites launched to 1385, of which ~1260 are still in orbit around the Earth. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, 633 km downrange.

Starlink is SpaceX’s internet communication satellite constellation. The Low-Earth orbit constellation will deliver fast, low-latency internet service to locations where ground-based internet is unreliable, unavailable, or expensive. The Falcon 9 Block 5 is SpaceX’s partially reusable two-stage medium-lift launch vehicle. Block 5 is the final iteration of the Falcon 9. The Falcon 9 contains 3 main components: a reusable first stage, an expendable second stage, and a reusable fairing.

The booster supporting this mission, B1060, has flown five times.

SpaceX is the first entity ever that recovers and reflies its fairings. SpaceX used to attempt to catch the fairing halves in nets on GO Ms. Tree and GO Ms. Chief. However, at the end of 2020 this program was cancelled due to safety risks and a low success rate. On Starlink 23, SpaceX will attempt to recover both the active and passive half from the water with their recovery vessel Shelia Bordelon for the first time.

This will be the 1st mission using Shelia Bordelon recovery vessel for fairing recovery, the 9th launch for SpaceX in 2021, the 112th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket and the 58th re-flight of a booster.

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