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Starlink mission patch. Image credit: SpaceX

Starlink mission patch. Image credit: SpaceX


Thursday, May 16 - 10:30pm EDT

Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 60 Starlink satellites, the company’s test batch of a network aimed at providing space-based internet access across the globe.


“…continual coverage around the world using a network of thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit.”

Powered by krypton, SpaceX’s Starlink satellites will use Hall thrusters for orbital maneuvering after deployment, and will reach an operational altitude of 550km (341.75 miles).

spacex falcon 9 launch profile stage landing.jpg

Launch Profile:

00:00:00 Falcon 9 Liftoff

00:01:13 Max Q - peak mechanical stress of vehicle

00:02:31 Main Engine Cutoff (MECO)

00:02:34 Stage Separation

00:02:41 Second Stage Engine Ignition

00:03:33 Fairing Deployment

00:06:43 First Stage Entry Burn Cutoff

00:08:17 First Stage Landing - Of Course I Still Love You

00:08:46 Second Stage Engine Cutoff (SECO-1)

00:46:11 Second Stage Engine Restart

00:46:14 Second Stage Engine Cutoff (SECO-2)

01:02:14 Starlink satellites begin deployment


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