SpaceX take a look at fired a Falcon 9 on pad 40 at Cape Canaveral early Saturday to transparent the booster for its sixteenth flight. A release strive early Friday was once aborted within the ultimate minute of the countdown. SpaceX didn’t reveal the cause of the scrub.
SpaceX is pushing the envelope for the second one time this week through making an attempt to fly a Falcon 9 rocket for the sixteenth time. On Sunday night time any other booster lifted off from the similar release pad changing into the primary Falcon 9 rocket to make a sixteenth flight. Prior to now the Falcon 9 first-stage have been qualified to be used as much as 15 instances.
All through the take a look at the Falcon 9’s 9 Merlin engines ignited at 12:50 a.m. EDT (0450 UTC) and fired for approximately six seconds whilst the rocket was once held down at the release pad. If no vital issues are detected, SpaceX will make any other try to release the rocket on Saturday night time at 11:50 p.m. EDT (0350 UTC).
The Falcon 9 first level booster, tail quantity 1060, in the past introduced GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, Intelsat G-33/G-34, Transporter-6, and 10 Starlink missions. It’ll be best the second one booster to have flown 16 instances, following shut of the heels of Booster 1058’s release of twenty-two second-generation Starlink satellites.
This challenge, designated Starlink 5-15 will loft the final 54 older-generation Starlink V1.5 satellites. Previous this yr SpaceX began putting a brand new era of Starlink satellites in orbit, referred to as Starlink V2 Minis, which can be better and be offering 4 instances the broadband capability of the older-design satellites.
The Starlink community supplies high-speed, low-latency connectivity to consumers world wide. SpaceX says each and every Starlink release provides greater than a terabit consistent with moment of capability to the constellation.
SpaceX these days has 4397 functioning Starlink satellites in house, consistent with a tabulation through Jonathan McDowell, a professional tracker of spaceflight process and an astronomer on the Harvard-Smithsonian Heart for Astrophysics.
The primary-stage booster will land at the drone send ‘A Brief Fall of Gravitas’ within the Atlantic Ocean about 8 and a part mins after release. The 54 Starlink satellites will probably be deployed simply over an hour after release.