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SpaceX Starlink Launch! (Jan 29th, 2020)

Damien Lee Gilliams Damien Lee Gilliams Follow Jan 29, 2020 · 4 mins read
SpaceX Starlink Launch! (Jan 29th, 2020)
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SpaceX has today at 9:06AM targeted to launch it’s fourth group of Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral’s Air Force Station right up the street from us. You can watch from the video at the bottom of this article or from the official SpaceX website. If you came across this article after the launch, don’t fret! You can still watch a replay of the launch from the same video.

Check out the mission timeline below provided by SpaceX in their Press Kit.

Watch Live Here!

Mission Overview

(Quoted from the official SpaceX PressKit)

“SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, January 29 at 9:06 a.m. EST, or 14:06 UTC, for its fourth launch of Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. A backup launch opportunity is available on Thursday, January 30 at 8:45 a.m. EST, or 13:45 UTC. Falcon 9’s first stage previously launched Crew Dragon on its first demonstration mission in March 2019 and the RADARSAT Constellation Mission in June 2019.”

Of Course I Still Love You Droneship

“Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 45 minutes after liftoff, SpaceX’s two fairing recovery vessels, “Ms. Tree” and “Ms. Chief,” will attempt to recover the two fairing halves.”

Photo of Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief recovery vessels from Elon's Twitter feed

“The Starlink satellites will deploy at an altitude of 290 km. Prior to orbit raise, SpaceX engineers will conduct data reviews to ensure all Starlink satellites are operating as intended. Once the checkouts are complete, the satellites will then use their onboard ion thrusters to move into their intended orbits and operational altitude of 550 km.”

Payload Description

(Quoted from the official SpaceX PressKit)

“SpaceX is leveraging its experience in building rockets and spacecraft to deploy the world’s most advanced broadband internet system. With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable. Each Starlink satellite weights approximately 260kg and features a compact, flat-panel design that minimizes volume, allowing for a dense launch stack to take full advantage of Falcon 9’s launch capabilities. With four powerful phased array antennas on each satellite, an enormous amount of throughput can be placed and redirected in a short time, for an order of magnitude lower cost. The system is on the leading edge of on-orbit debris mitigation, meeting or exceeding all regulatory and industry standards.”

The Starlink Badge

“At end of their life cycle, the satellites will utilize their on-board propulsion system to deorbit over the course of a few months. In the unlikely event their propulsion system becomes inoperable, the satellites will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere within 1-5 years, significantly less than the hundreds or thousands of years required at higher altitudes. Components of each satellite are fully demisable. Starlink is targeting service in the Northern U.S. and Canada in 2020, rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021. Additional information on the system can be found at”

Click here to view the official SpaceX Press Release Kit

Damien Lee Gilliams
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Your Editor-in-Chief and Website Developer. Damien is a Sebastian native and a graduate of University of Florida in Computer Engineering: Digital Arts and Sciences. He founded to help promote positive news in his beloved hometown.