Elon Musk, SpaceX aim to launch SN15 Mars rocket prototype Tuesday

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Tuesday is the latest target date for a launch of the newest Starship.

After four successful test flights of SpaceX's next-generation rocket prototypes all ended in dramatic explosions during the landing phase, Elon's Musk's space company is skipping ahead to SN15, a new version of its interplanetary vehicle.

SpaceX has conducted high-altitude test flights of prototypes SN8 through SN11 and has long planned to integrate what Musk has called "major upgrades" into SN15. Now the company is skipping SN12, SN13 and SN14, which were never fully assembled, and working toward a flight of SN15.

Musk has said SN15 "has hundreds of design improvements across structures, avionics/software and engine," including, hopefully, upgrades to cover some of the problems that have prevented SpaceX from sticking the landing so far without a rapid unscheduled disassembly.

SN15 has undergone some initial testing, and Musk initially tweeted that the aim was to launch last month, but that target continued to slip. Last Thursday the FAA said it had approved a launch license covering SN15, SN16 and SN17, but it currently looks like we'll have to wait till at least Tuesday to see it fly, according to current airspace, road and beach closures around the Boca Chica, Texas,  launch facility.

SN15 could launch anytime (or not at all) within the approved windows once all the required closures and permissions are in place. We usually don't have any firm sense of when it'll blast off until less than an hour before liftoff appears set to happen. (Even then, false starts are common.)

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So for now, keep your fingers crossed that we see SN15 fly (and land!). We'll post a live feed of the launch right here once it's available.

We'll update this post at least daily as things change, and for more-incremental updates, tune in to my Twitter feed @EricCMack.

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Elon Musk's Starlink places 60 more internet satellites into orbit

Sierra Leone Times 03 May, 2021 - 11:20pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: Starlink, Elon Musk's satellite Internet service, successfully deployed 60 additional satellites into low-Earth orbit on April 28.

The 210-foot SpaceX rocket carrying the satellites was launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The satellites were deployed about one hour after liftoff, while reaching over 300 miles above the Earth's surface.

"Shortly they will deploy their solar array and over the next few days and weeks they will distance themselves from each other and use their on-board ion thrusters to make their way to their operational orbit," a spokesman said.

This latest launch was the 25th Starlink launch to put in orbit the satellite Internet system, which seeks to offer high-speed, low-latency Internet service worldwide through its network of satellites.

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SpaceX targeting Tuesday for next Starlink satellite launch

FOX 35 Orlando 02 May, 2021 - 07:31am

After departing from the International Space Station the night prior, SpaceX Crew-1 returned safely to Earth very early on Sunday morning.

SpaceX is targeting Tuesday for its next Starlink satellite launch.

The space company said that a Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take more satellites into orbit on Tuesday at 3:01 p.m. from Cape Canaveral.

FOX 35 Storm Team Meteorologist Jayme King said that there is an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions. There are some concerns about cumulus clouds and winds.

SpaceX says they are targeting Tuesday afternoon for their next Starlink satellite launch.

The goal of Starlink is to create a broadband network that will help provide high-speed internet access to those who are not yet connected and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe.

The network is currently available in parts of North America, with plans for the network to be globally available in late 2021 or 2022.

So far, SpaceX has launched more than 1,360 internet-beaming satellites into orbit.

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