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SpaceX is about to launch its third Starling in a row [webcast]

SpaceX is about to launch its third Starling in a row [webcast]

Update: Friday, February 25 (NET) 9:12 am PT (17:12 UTC) SpaceX says a Falcon 9 rocket is coming from Starling 4-11 from the Vandenberg Space Base in California. This is the third in a series of five Starling releases scheduled for February and March 2022.

In lieu of missions ready for business travel, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets are currently scheduled to launch at least five series of Starling satellites in a row.

This line does not break the company’s record for seven consecutive Starling releases, but it does have a positive side effect of SpaceX’s relentless vertical integration – the ability to create its own release line. In two full months in 2022, SpaceX was launched seven times – three times to paid customers and four times to Starlink. By the end of February, the company plans to launch at least one set of Starling satellites for a total of eight missiles in the first two months of the year.

Next, SpaceX Starlink 4-11 is scheduled to launch from the California-based Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) SLC-4E Facility (NET) at 9:08 PT (17:08 UTC) on Friday, February 25th. The drone of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) departed for work from Long Beach on February 22 and sailed about 640 kilometers (400 miles) southeast to the fortified landing off the coast of Baja California. The Falcon 9 Booster B1063 is designed to support this mission – its fourth launch overall and since it helped launch the NASA Asteroid DART spacecraft. In planetary space In November 2021.

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After that, another Falcon 9 Starling 4-9 missile is to be launched soon “Noon” Kennedy Space Center LC-39A Panel of EST on Thursday, March 3rd. The Booster B1060 is said to support this mission and will be the first phase of SpaceX to support eleven orbit class missiles. Starling 4-9 may be the platform’s last task for a few weeks, giving enough space for SpaceX to steer the rocket carrier / erector to launch Axiom-1 on March 30, which will send four special astronauts to the International Space Station.

Finally, the SpaceX Starling 4-10 is scheduled to launch from the Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) on Tuesday, March 8 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS). SpaceX will at least launch another Starling mission next month, but no exact date has been set yet. Finally, SpaceX is on track to launch at least five Starling missions in a row, including about 240 satellites (after 200), including Starling 4-7 (February 3) and Starling 4-8 (February 21). Most Starling lost 4-7 to a “geomagnetic storm.”) In orbit within five weeks.

The Falcon 9 B1063 is almost a day away from its fourth release. (NASA / Bill Ingols)
The Falcon 9 B1060 may be launched eleven times in a week. (SpaceX)

The record for SpaceX’s current Starling mission set for February-April 2021 is an indication that there are no fly-ready business missions. Technically, SpaceX has already managed 12 Starling releases between February and March, splitting the only business mission – the Crew-2 – group. Aside from surprises, fortunately, SpaceX is unlikely to hit a similar series in 2022.

SpaceX is likely to launch three O3B mPower satellites for SES next month. At a minimum, SpaceX is scheduled to launch on the Ax-1 NET on March 30 and launch three Dragon missions over the next two months. The Crew Dragon is scheduled to launch another Crow-4 for NASA on April 15, followed by a redistribution mission to Cargo Dragon 2’s CRS-25 space station on May 1. Excluding the Starlink missions, SpaceX has tentatively scheduled 38 additional Falcon business releases by the end of 2022, in addition to the three business releases already completed this year.

SpaceX is about to launch its third Starling in a row [webcast]