SpaceX on Tuesday will conduct what has become a very routine mission to send another batch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites into low Earth orbit. This will be the 26th such launch, mainly dedicated to Starlink, if you count the first group of early test satellites launched in May 2019 (and miss the Transporter-1 ride, which carries only 10 Starlinks).
But what is perhaps most remarkable is the first booster that will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Tuesday afternoon. This is expected to be the same Falcon 9 in the first stage, which has already flown in eight other missions, which means that it will make a record ninth flight in its career. The current record for most launches and landings is, of course, a different Falcon 9.
The booster flying this week (listed as B1049) will take on its seventh Starlink mission, which means that if all goes well, B1049 will be responsible for launching more than 25 percent of all Starlink satellites ever launched. lonely.
And the booster with which the B1049 will share the overall record for launch, B1051, is responsible for 23 percent of Starlink. Thus, together, only two Falcon 9 launch vehicles have managed to lift nearly half of the more than 1,500 Starlinks launched so far.
It is clear that missiles can indeed be recycled.
As if the B1049’s Starlink service wasn’t enough, it also completed two larger satellite missions before the first launch of Starlink. We will see how much more life this single powerful candle has left in it.
You can watch his ninth career launch right here via the show above. Currently, Liftoff is set for 12:01 pm PT (15:01 ET) on Tuesday, as long as he cooperates in the landing zone in the Atlantic Ocean. The live stream should start about 10 minutes before starting.
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