SpaceX launches it’s 5th batch of Starlink Satellites

Today at 10:05 a.m. EST, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket booster (B1056). This successful launch will help the Starlink sat constellation provide moderate coverage in North America late this year.

Falcon 9 B1056 Lifts off from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station | Photograph by: Jon Van Horne

The mission is to provide global broad band internet service sometime in 2021, We can expect to see a lot more of these launches this year.

Falcon 9 soaring to the stars | Photograph by: Jon Van Horne

Even though the rocket booster missed the drone ship, Of Course I Still Love You, the launch is still deemed successful. As the second stage of the rocket deployed all satellites in to LEO (Low Earth Orbit) successfully.

Falcon 9 booster just prior of MECO (Main Engine Cut Off) | Photograph by: Jon Van Horne

Congratulations to SpaceX on a new Falcon 9 rocket record turnaround time of 62 days. This is coming close to Space Shuttle Atlantis’ turnaround time of 54 days.

Next launch by SpaceX is slated for March 2, 2020 at 1:45a.m. EST. Cargo Resupply Services 20 (CRS-20).

UPDATE: Faring Halves were not caught.

Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.