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Technology SpaceX sends sixth batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit and marks milestone for rocket reusability

15:50  18 march  2020
15:50  18 march  2020 Source:   geekwire.com

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  SpaceX rocket explodes after liftoff as planned; Crew Dragon capsule escapes fireball A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, ultimately sacrificing itself to a test.The 10:30 a.m. liftoff from pad 39A looked like any other mission: nine Merlin main engines roared through a thin layer of stubborn clouds, taking the capsule to about 55,000 feet in altitude and then abruptly cutting thrust.

It marked the first time that a Falcon 9 first-stage booster has been used five times. Alan Boyle. March 18, 2020, 5:47 AM·1 min read. A Falcon 9 rocket sent SpaceX ’s sixth batch of 60 The 60 satellites were deployed 15 minutes after liftoff, to join about 300 other Starlink spacecraft in low Earth orbit . SpaceX launches a double-duty telecom satellite and doubles down on rocket reusability .

SpaceX sends sixth batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit and marks milestone for rocket reusability . by Alan Boyle on March 18, 2020 at 5:47 amMarch 18, 2020 at 8:35 am. A few minutes after launch, the rocket ’s second stage separated and headed onward to orbit . Meanwhile, the first stage tried flying itself back for a fifth landing, but SpaceX reported that the at-sea landing attempt was unsuccessful. In a tweet, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said there was an early engine shutdown on the booster that will require a “thorough investigation” before the next mission.

a large ship in the background: SpaceX sends sixth batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit and marks milestone for rocket reusability © Provided by Geekwire SpaceX sends sixth batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit and marks milestone for rocket reusability

A  Falcon 9 rocket sent SpaceX’s sixth batch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites into orbit and set a record for reusability today, but missed making yet another touchdown.

  • The Falcon 9 lifted off right on time at 8:16 a.m. ET (5:16 a.m. PT) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It marked the first time that a Falcon 9 first-stage booster has been used five times. The rocket’s fairing, or nose cone, had been previously flown as well.
  • A few minutes after launch, the rocket’s second stage separated and headed onward to orbit. Meanwhile, the first stage tried flying itself back for a fifth landing, but SpaceX reported that the at-sea landing attempt was unsuccessful. In a tweet, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said there was an early engine shutdown on the booster that will require a “thorough investigation” before the next mission.
  • The 60 satellites were deployed 15 minutes after liftoff, to join about 300 other Starlink spacecraft in low Earth orbit. The satellites, which are made at SpaceX’s facility in Redmond, Wash., are expected to start providing broadband internet access as early as this year.

How to watch SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket on its fifth flight Sunday .
Elon Musk's rockets aren't restricting their travel.The Falcon 9 launch in November 2019 carried 60 Starlink satellites.

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