SpaceX Falcon 9 launches 22 Starlink satellites from California – Spaceflight Now

File photo of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX will make another attempt to launch the Falcon 9 from the West Coast with a constellation of 22 Starlink satellites at 1:20 a.m. PT Sunday (4:20 a.m. EDT/0940 UTC Monday).

Early Sunday morning, the Falcon 9 rocket’s countdown stopped with just minutes to go. SpaceX said it “stopped” in a social media post about seven minutes after the planned liftoff time. He did not provide a reason for the aborted launch attempt. The Starlink 7-7 mission has already been postponed by one day.

On this year’s 55th Starlink delivery mission, the Falcon 9 rocket will head in a southeast direction after liftoff from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, aiming for a 183-by-178-mile (295-by-286-km) orbit. It is inclined at an angle of 53 degrees from the equator.

Spaceflight Now will provide live coverage of the Falcon 9 liftoff on the launch pad live stream.

The first stage booster, on its 15th flight, has previously launched the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, DART, Transporter-7, Iridium OneWeb, and NASA’s Tranche 0B missions. In addition to nine previous Starlink delivery missions. After completing its burn, the first stage will land aboard the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship stationed about 400 miles (644 km) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California.

If all goes according to plan, 22 V2 Mini Starlink satellites will be deployed just over an hour after launch. The V2 Mini model was introduced earlier this year and is much larger than the V1.5 satellites. The latest models, equipped with upgraded antennas and larger solar panels, can deliver four times the bandwidth of previous satellites.

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SpaceX recently announced that it has signed up more than two million subscribers in more than 60 countries for its Starlink internet service. Since 2019, it has launched 5,445 satellites, according to statistics compiled by Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, which keeps a record Spaceflight database. Of those satellites, 5,078 satellites are still in orbit, and 5,041 satellites appear to be operating normally.

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