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Starlink Group 2-1

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Starlink Group 2-1

Type: Communications
Launch Cost: $52,000,000

A batch of 51 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation – SpaceX’s project for space-based Internet communication system.

Mission patch for Starlink Group 2-1

Location

Space Launch Complex 4E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

698 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5 – SpaceX

Family: Falcon
Length: 70 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 549 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 22800 kg

The Falcon 9 Block 5 was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2018-05-11. Falcon 9 Block 5 has 104 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 104 launches. 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.

Landing

B1049 successfully landed on ASDS OCISLY after its tenth launch.

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.

Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
Spacecraft: Dragon
Country: USA

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.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
11 months ago

67 launches out of 67 , this says it all folks .
Happy landings Space X.

Jason
Jason
11 months ago

is there a surface track from launch? Can I see this launch from northern Va?

Lenny
Lenny
11 months ago

Is there a site where I can find the trajectory of this flight? Will it be going north over the Outer Banks, or going south?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Lenny
11 months ago

I am going to guess it will be a northern trajectory, but it looks like that information isn’t available yet.

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Lenny
10 months ago

It looks like the launch is from Vandenberg on the west coast.

Nick
Nick
10 months ago

I’m seeing Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning times, also a “no earlier than” designator. Is it still guesswork this close?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Nick
10 months ago

The date has not be confirmed yet, keep checking back for updates.

Tyler K
Tyler K
10 months ago

Has Tue Aug 24 5:00 pm been confirmed?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Tyler K
10 months ago

The status will change to go for launch when the date has been confirmed. Probably within a week of the launch. Keep checking back for updates.

Sky
Sky
9 months ago

The mission’s name, Starlink 2-1, refers to it being the first batch with all next-generation Starlink satellites with lasers? Or does it refer to the fact its the first Starlink kaunch from West Coast?

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
9 months ago

We are go for an on time launch.Let’s light this candle.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  Aaron Gosnell
9 months ago

About to light it Aaron, stay tuned mate.

Gina Child
Gina Child
9 months ago

Can the launch be seen from carpenteria ca

Tom
Tom
9 months ago

Can it be seen in San Diego?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Tom
9 months ago

If the weather cooperates.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
9 months ago

Great launch SpaceX. Always pretty to watch for us earth dwellers.
If the Apollo Team had this technology 52 years again we would have our old friend Buss Aldrin on Jupiter by now but better late then never folks .
Keep this journey going .

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
9 months ago

My Friend and I went up to Lompoc to see it,But it was too foggy.We sure could hear it though.

Tbone
Tbone
Reply to  Aaron Gosnell
9 months ago

I watched it from my backyard in the Bay Area, 235 miles north of Vandenberg. I was hoping it would get into the sunlight but was gone from sight beforehand.