SpaceX Launches a “Young” Falcon 9

Space Coast, FL – The Starlink launches are a common occurrence here in Florida. SpaceX has launched all reused Falcon 9 rockets so far in 2021. Varying from two times used to ten times used. Yesterday’s lift off was the youngest Falcon 9, B1063-2. At two times reused, the rocket booster lifted off with a five time reused fairing half and a three time reused fairing half.

Falcon 9 Lift Off for the 29th Starlink mission
Falcon 9 Lift Off for the 29th Starlink (L28) mission | Photo: Jon Van Horne

SpaceX Launch

Yesterday, May 26, 2021 at 1459 EDT (1859 UTC) SpaceX lifted off 60 Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket. This marks the 29th Starlink mission, designated Starlink L28. And took place from SLC-40, at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL. The Falcon 9 rocket booster B1063-2 has only flown one previous mission, Sentinel-6A in Vandenberg, CA.

Falcon 9 going through Max-Q on it's way to space
Falcon 9 going through Max-Q on it's way to space | Photo: Jon Van Horne

This launch puts the Starlink constellation to over seventeen-hundred satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The broadband internet via satellite service is currently available in certain areas and is in beta. If interested, visit starlink.com.

Contrail left behind the Falcon 9 rocket shortly before Main Engine Cut Off (MECO)
Contrail left behind the Falcon 9 rocket shortly before Main Engine Cut Off (MECO) | Photo: Jon Van Horne

We may see less Starlink launches on the Space Coast of Florida in the coming months. As SpaceX will be increasing their launch cadence at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. They will be doing their polar launches from there.

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