New tasks plannedThe GPS satellite will operate on the Falcon 9 rocket, which will be the company’s 11th launch in 2020. Continuing to fly at nearly weekly launch speeds will allow Elon Musk’s commercial space startup to easily set the company record for most launches in a year.
This is SpaceX’s first attempt to land and resume its Falcon 9 rocket after launching a military satellite. The company launched another military GPS satellite in 2018, when the U.S. Air Force determined that SpaceX would not be able to perform the required flight trajectory or land the first-stage booster.
Since then, the company has negotiated with the US military on GPS mission requirements and launch costs to enable SpaceX to try to land its first phase after launching satellites on Tuesday.
The launch window of Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida opened at 12:55 pm. PT (3:55 Florida time). After the live broadcast is available, we will embed it in this article so that you can go back and watch the feed, which starts about 15 minutes before it is published.
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SpaceX also plans to conduct the second Starlink ride-sharing mission last week, but it has finally delayed the launch, and a new date for the launch has not yet been announced.
“The team needs extra time to carry out the pre-launch inspection, but Falcon 9 and the satellite are healthy.” SpaceX tweeted hours before the scheduled launch time on Friday.
It has been delayed from Tuesday and Thursday, and it will be the third in a series of Starlink missions conducted by the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The latest series of missions starts with Starlink Launched in June.On May 30, followed by two
SpaceX has been the most active year so far in 2018, with a total of 21 launches. It is now expected to catch up with 2020. If all plans are successfully completed, 38 launches may be made throughout the year. According to the draft document submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year, the company hopes to continue to carry out more liftoffs to achieve 70 missions in 2023.
Many launches will be Starlink missions, because SpaceX hopes to put thousands of small satellites into orbit within ten years. The company has started, Along with a batch of Starlink birds to make room for some commercial payloads.
The next Starlink launch will be the second Starlink ride, this time to provide two Earth observation microsatellites for Black Sky, a company that provides high-definition satellite images.
This was originally the third Starlink launch only in June, bringing the growing constellation size to nearly 600 satellites and approaching the threshold of 800 flying routers..