Successful start with the Starlink-29 mission

Successful start with the Starlink-29 mission

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:40 PM

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Falcon 9 rocket launch with Starlink-29 mission (Source: Thomas Burghardt for NSF, NASASpaceFlight.com)

Falcon 9 rocket launch with Starlink-29 mission (Source: Thomas Burghardt for NSF, NASASpaceFlight.com)

Falcon 9 rocket launch with Starlink-29 mission (Source: Thomas Burghardt for NSF, NASASpaceFlight.com)

On May 26 at 20:59 Polish time (18:59 UTC) the Falcon 9 rocket took off from the SLC-40 platform on Cape Canaveral, Florida and launched another 60 satellites of the Starlink constellation as part of the Starlink-29 mission (Starlink V1.0 L28 ). Charge separation occurred approximately 64 minutes after take-off.

After this launch, there are already 1,664 satellites in orbit built by SpaceX in the Starlink constellation, which is to ultimately provide access to the Internet around the world. In 2021 alone, 782 Starlink satellites were launched. This mission has probably completed the launch of the first group of the Starlink constellations, which will ultimately include 1,584 satellites in orbits 550 km high and with an inclination of 53 °. In the near future, SpaceX will probably launch the second group of satellites from Florida to orbits with an altitude of 540 km and an inclination of 53.2 °. It is also planned to launch satellites from California from other groups that are to operate in higher inclination orbits, including polar ones. You can read more about the mission and payload in the pre-launch article.

During this mission, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, which previously participated in the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich mission in November 2020, was used. After the separation of the second stage, the booster landed on an autonomous platform Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) in the Atlantic Ocean.

The cargo covers used on this flight were also used previously. For one of them it was the fifth mission, which is a SpaceX record, for the other – the third. It was planned to recover them once again with the help of ships GO Searcher i GO Navigator. It is not known so far whether the covers were recovered in good condition.

The full boot clip can be viewed below.