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SpaceX now has 420 satellites in orbit after latest Starlink launch

By |2020-04-23T17:48:38-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX successfully launched another set of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit to reach a total of 420 satellites in low Earth orbit for their massive internet service constellation.

SpaceX loses an engine during otherwise successful Starlink launch, fails to recover booster

By |2020-04-23T16:32:27-04:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

SpaceX successfully launched another set of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit, but suffered an in-flight engine failure during the late stages of the 1st stage booster flight & subsequently failed to land their 1st stage booster on their droneship.

SpaceX Falcon 9 aborted fractions of a second before Starlink launch

By |2020-04-02T23:02:30-04:00March 15th, 2020|Categories: Space Education|Tags: , , , , , , |

SpaceX aborted the launch of their Falcon 9 rocket carrying their next batch of Starlink satellites just fractions of a second prior to the scheduled liftoff time.

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).