Starlink Mission, Number Twenty-Three

Space Coast, FL – The early morning hours were lit up today for SpaceX’s 23rd Starlink mission. A Falcon 9 rocket launch took place from SLC-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 0428 EDT (0828 UTC). This marked the 113th Falcon 9 mission for SpaceX.

Lift Off! for Falcon 9 B1060.6, on the 23rd Starlink Mission
Lift Off! for Falcon 9 B1060.6, a SpaceX 6x launched and landed rocket booster | Photo: Jon Van Horne

Falcon 9 B1060 Starlink Mission

The Falcon 9 rocket booster used on this mission has flown and landed 5 other times. It's previous missions are:

  • GPS III SV03 Matthew Henson
  • Starlink Missions L11, L14 & L18
  • Turksat-5A

The rocket booster made it's sixth landing this morning on ASDS Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean.

Falcon 9 B1060 lights up the night sky | Photo: Jon Van Horne

Currently, the SpaceX Fleet is making their way back to Port Canaveral, Florida, USA. They are expected to return in about 48-72 hours. This all depends on weather and sea conditions. But for now it appears to be smooth sailing for the ships and crews.

Streak Photo of SpaceX's 23rd Starlink Mission with Falcon 9 B1060
Streak Photo of SpaceX's 23rd Starlink Mission with Falcon 9 B1060 | Photo: Crystal Gabriel

The Starlink constellation grows by another 60 satellites and is already available. SpaceX already has plans for more Starlink missions slated to launch this year. So if you haven't experienced a rocket launch yet, you'll have plenty of chances throughout 2021. Congratulations to SpaceX on the successful mission and project.

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