Sept. 3rd, Another Starlink launch
8:46 AM Est. atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from LC-39A at kennedy Space Center
Originally scheduled on Sunday August 30th, it would have been the first of two launches that same day, but Florida weather had other ideas. In fact, the weather was so bad, media crews were unable to set up remote cameras around the launch pad to cover the liftoff. Weather ended up not being a factor on launch day as the skies were clear, and there was absolutely no wind at all on the Space Coast, the only problem was the heat was almost intolerable even at 8:46 AM.
Haze surrounds the launch complex an hour before launch time
The booster used to fly this mission is numbered 1060, and it first flew just over two months ago for the GPS III satellite launch From SLC-40 for the United States Space Force. It is considered the newest addition to the SpaceX booster fleet, and about nine minutes after lift off it landed again on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" about 300km in the Atlantic Ocean. This marked the 60th booster landing of a Falcon first stage booster. An impressive feet considering they made their very first successful landing just five short years ago in 2015.
Including the sixty satellites that made up this batch, SpaceX has now delivered more than seven hundred Starlink satellites into orbit. SpaceX founder/CEO Elon Musk has said there needs to be between five hundred and eight hundred of them to begin service. They have been speed testing the internet capabilities and during this missions webcast the announcer stated that the data collected so far indicates the service will provide fast download speeds.
Moments after lift off the Falcon 9 flies North East into orbit
The Starlink constellation is already the largest fleet of satellites in the world, but SpaceX is not even close to being done. They plan to launch hundreds more before they are done, with the initial set up being a network of 1,440 satellites. A company representative stated that about six of these flat paneled satellites are built every single day at their manufacturing site in Washington state. They plan to launch a batch of sixty satellites every two weeks in one of the fastest launch cadences the world has ever seen.