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Starlink Group 4-20 & Varuna-TDM

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Starlink Group 4-20 & Varuna-TDM

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. Spaceflight’s propulsive Sherpa-LTC2 space tug is also onboard as a rideshare to deploy into Boeing’s Varuna Technology Demonstration Mission in a higher orbit.

Trajectory

View the rocket launch trajectory, velocity, altitude, thrust and much more at FlightClub.io

Mission patch for Starlink Group 4-20 & Varuna-TDM

Location

Space Launch Complex 40

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

858 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 121 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 121 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

B1052 has successfully landed on an ASDS JRTI after its seventh flight.

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
28 days ago

For all mankind.!

Bl@ke Ly
25 days ago

Why the change from 8:32PM to 10:09PM? The KSC website still has the time at 8:32PM but I noticed that you guys as well as a couple of others changed the estimated T-0 time.

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  [email protected] Ly
25 days ago

KSC is slow to update its website.

Bl@ke Ly
Reply to  Rocket Monkey
25 days ago

So no chance of seeing the Twilight Effect then? That’s sad 🙁 maybe the time next week will hold…

Paul Billardello
Paul Billardello
25 days ago

Will the launch be visible from the South Florida area…Fort Lauderdale?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Paul Billardello
25 days ago

People have said they see launches from Fort Myers.

Katie Flynt
Katie Flynt
Reply to  Paul Billardello
24 days ago

If it’s not cloudy, yes. We see launches often from Davie.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
24 days ago

Great launch folks and its the 140th first stage landing plus, 40th first stage landing ( this year).
We Aussies appreciate the coverage of these launches folks .
Thank you from (Down Under).

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
23 days ago

Great launch .!