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Starlink 26

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Weather Forecast During Launch


According to weather officials, there’s a 70% chance of favorable weather conditions at the time of the launch.

Mission


Starlink 26 & Rideshare

  • Type: Communications
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $52,000,000

A batch of 52 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation – SpaceX’s project for space-based Internet communication system. Two rideshare satellites are also on this flight: a Capella radar observation spacecraft and a small payload from the California-based smallsat manufacturer Tyvak.

Starlink 26 & Rideshare

Location


Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39A has witnessed the launch of 175 rockets, including 174 orbital launch attempts, while Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA, has been the site for 233 rocket launches.

Launch Complex 39A

Rocket


SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

Falcon 9 Block 5

Landing


Core B1058

Booster B1058 last launched 12/23/2023 and has seen 19 successful launches and landings. Booster first flown during the DEMO-2 mission. Only booster featuring the NASA worm logo.

Written off after toppled by rough seas during transport on 25 December 2023 after safely landing aboard JRTI.

Of Course I Still Love You – OCISLY

The second ASDS barge, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) services launches in the Pacific Ocean and was the site of the first landing of a SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage during CRS-8, the launch of a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship – ASDS

An autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) is an ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge, outfitted with station-keeping engines and a large landing platform. Construction of such ships was commissioned by aerospace company SpaceX to allow for recovery of rocket first-stages at sea for high-velocity missions which do not carry enough fuel to return to the launch site after lofting spacecraft onto an orbital trajectory.

B1058

Agency


SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

SpaceX
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