SpaceX launches another 60 Starlink satellites


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Capitalism in space: SpaceX today successfully launched another 60 Starlink satellites, bringing the size of the constellation to 240 satellites.

They also successfully recovered the first stage, which was making its third flight. They also caught one of the two fairing halves in the ship net, recovering the second half out of the ocean.

The leaders in the 2020 launch race:

3 China
2 SpaceX
1 Arianespace (Europe)

The launch replay is embedded below the fold.

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5 comments

  • MDN

    Did they succeed with the fairing recoveries?

  • MDN: I have updated the post. One fairing captured in the net, the other recovered from the ocean.

  • geoffc

    Third landing for this core, having now launched from all three launch pads.

    So their Starlink missions have mostly used 3rd and 4th flight of boosters. Talk about reducing costs!

    Now if only they would release costs on refurb, and how much cheaper a re-flown booster is vs a new one.

    Interestingly if you look at the Wiki tracking cores, there have not been a lot of new cores added to the fleet in a while. Seems like manufacturing rate of Booster cores is severly reduced or else they are storing a bunch of them somewhere.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/wiki/cores

    Nice problem to have. Too many usable cores to refly…

  • wayne

    Pleasantly surprised to see video of the fairing, and nice to see the barge landing without the signal dropping off at the last second.

    There’s a nice view of the shockwave–>
    https://youtu.be/1KmBDCiL7MU?t=745

  • Dick Eagleson

    Given that F9 1st and 2nd stages are made on mostly the same tooling, the reduction in S1 construction has almost certainly been compensated for by increased S2 construction to support the desired mission cadence. I wouldn’t be surprised if S2 production never slackened last year, even though the overall mission count was down. It would be good to have a stash of new S2’s in the barn going into 2020 to support the planned tripling or more of average launch cadence.

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