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Starlink Group 4-1

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Starlink Group 4-1

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

A batch of 53 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation – SpaceX’s project for space-based Internet communication system.

Mission patch for Starlink Group 4-1

Location

Space Launch Complex 40

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

865 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL, 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 131 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 131 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.

Core Landing

B1058 has landed on ASDS JRTI after launching the Starlink 4-1 mission.

Just Read the Instructions – JRTI

First (Marmac 300) and third (Marmac 303) ASDS barge, Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) is currently used to recover Falcon 9 and Heavy boosters in the Altantic Ocean.

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
1 year ago

Space X success coming up .

Bill Buell
Bill Buell
1 year ago

What happened to the estimated dates for launch?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Bill Buell
1 year ago

Dates more than 30 days out are a guess and will most likely get moved. The website has been updated to prevent confusion.

Bill Buell
Bill Buell
Reply to  Bill Buell
1 year ago

Let me get this straight. You post that on Oct 30 there will be a Starlink 30 launch at 5:00PM MST from the Cape, a super Heavy launch at 5:PM MST FROM Kennedy and also a SpX USCV 3 launch at 11:37PM MST from Kennedy. Wow. If this is possible… Read more »

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Bill Buell
1 year ago

The status for both the launches is displayed as the “Date/Time May Change”. These dates are a placeholder and will be updated. Launches are not usually confirmed more than two weeks out.

Bill Buell
Bill Buell
Reply to  Rocket Monkey
1 year ago

Thanks for the clarification.

Lou Kebort
Lou Kebort
1 year ago

I thought the launch on Saturday was Vandenberg SFB?

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
1 year ago

Let’s hope for another Spacex launch.

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
1 year ago

Let’s hope hope for another successful Spacex launch.

Marc Cahill
Marc Cahill
1 year ago

I was born and raised in Orlando. I’ve seen hundreds of launches. However, today was my son’s 1st launch since he was born in Michigan. It went off with a hitch and I as well as my son was thrilled. Great job SpaceX!

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
Reply to  Marc Cahill
1 year ago

Same here Marc, only seen launches via video coverage because we live in South Australia . Its always a thrill to witness but one day we will see a live launch .
Enjoy further live launches with your son thanks to SpaceX because these are only the beginning.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
1 year ago

A-1 LAUNCH AGAIN SpaceX the coverage was also great to watch , the fog made a good background .
A 2000 satellite launch milestone with this mission, fantastic job to all involved at SpaceX.
Keep on keeping on folks.