SpaceX rocket launches Starlink fleet and 2 small satellites, sticks landing at sea

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Space.com 15 May, 2021 - 06:54pm 41 views

What time is the spacex launch?

The Falcon 9 rocket launch took place at 6:56 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The rocket is carrying 52 Starlink satellites, a Capella Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite, and Tyvak-0130. WFLAWATCH: SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket

When will the rocket launch?

Rocket Launch: May 17, 2021 1:35 PM ET | ULA Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 5. United Launch Alliance will launch an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral carrying a satellite for the United States military. kennedyspacecenter.comRocket Launch Schedule

Updates: Watch SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Center

Florida Today 15 May, 2021 - 04:43pm

Update: Liftoff at 6:56 p.m. ET! SpaceX successfully launched the 28th Starlink mission on Saturday, May 15, and landed the Falcon 9 booster.

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Watch live and join our chat below as SpaceX targets 6:56 p.m. ET Saturday for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A. This will mark the 28th flight for the internet-beaming Starlink constellation and includes a landing on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. For a raw feed of the pad, see our stream here.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes flight from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the company's 28th Starlink mission on Saturday, May 15, 2021. It successfully landed on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship shortly after. Florida Today

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June's GPSIII Launch Will Use a Previously Flown Booster Rocket

Inside GNSS 14 May, 2021 - 04:30pm

Global Navigation Satellite Systems Engineering, Policy, and Design

A “non-recurring design validation” of a previously flown SpaceX Falcon 9 booster will be completed by the end of this month, in time to carry the next GPSIII satellite aloft, according to U.S. Space Force executive officer.

The booster, which launched GPSIII-o4 in November, is expected to carry up the fifth GPS satellite sometime in June. The SV05 launch will be the first mission under the national security space launch program to use a refurbished Falcon 9 booster. The Lockheed Martin-made satellite currently resides at Cape Canaveral, awaiting encapsulation.

After the November 5 launch, the booster rocket landed on a drone ship and was recovered by SpaceX. U.S. Space Force contracts with SpaceX for GPS SV05 and SV06 were renegotiated to allow reused boosters, saving the government about $64 million, according to reports. “I am thrilled to welcome SpaceX’s innovative reuse into the National Security Space Launch program,” said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, in September 2020 when the agreement was announced.

The design validation of the used rocket is being done by The Aerospace Corp. “Aerospace has been at the forefront in defining standards and criteria for reuse and our team is actively engaged in reuse non-recurring design validation (NRDV),” according to a company statement.

SpaceX has recovered and reused rocket hardware from commercial and NASA launches at least 75 times, according to the company. Re-use is a new concept for national security launches such as GPS.

Lockheed Martin is producing four more GPSIII satellites (7 through 10) but the launches have not been awarded yet. That process will take place under Phase 2 of the National Security Space Launch program. United Launch Alliance and SpaceX will compete head-to-head for all Phase 2 missions.

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