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SpaceX CRS-20 launches final Dragon v1 to the Space Station

By |2020-04-04T08:50:10-04:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX launched their Dragon 1 cargo capsule full of supplies and bound for the International Space Station for the final time on March 6, 2020 at approximately 11:50pm EST from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as part of their CRS-20 mission supporting NASA's Commercial Resupply Services Phase 1 contract.

SpaceX Launches their 4th batch of operational Starlink satellites

By |2020-03-21T15:30:01-04:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |

SpaceX successfully launched another set of 60 of their version 1.0 operational Starlink Satellites into low earth orbit on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 10:05am EST (15:05 UTC). The primary mission appears to have been another major success for SpaceX's Starlink program, however, their secondary experimental recovery missions suffered some unfortunate failures for both the Falcon 9's first stage booster landing attempt at sea on their autonomous spaceport droneship, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY); as well as for their attempts to recover both halves of their protective payload fairings which they attempted to gently land under parachute at sea, aboard their support vessels GO Ms. Tree and GO Ms. Chief.

SpaceX’s third operational Starlink mission successful

By |2020-03-21T15:31:25-04:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

SpaceX launched another set of 60 version 1.0 operational Starlink Satellites into low earth orbit on January 29, 2020 at 9:06am EST (14:06 UTC). The first stage booster for this mission previously supported and launched their first Crew Dragon demonstration flight, DM-1, into orbit along with the RADARSAT mission in June 2019. The first stage booster was successfully recovered 630 kilometers downrange on their autonomous spaceport droneship, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY).

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