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Starlink Group 4-4

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

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Mission

Starlink Group 4-4

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

A batch of 52 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation – SpaceX’s project for space-based Internet communication system.

Mission patch for Starlink Group 4-4

Location

Space Launch Complex 4E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

697 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 99 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 99 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

B1051 has successfully landed on ASDS OCISLY after its eleventh 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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Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
7 months ago

I hope for a successful launch,Spacex!Let’s light this candle.

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

Falcon 9 launches keep on keeping on with Starlink Satellites .

SteveW
SteveW
7 months ago

Lets hope that 71 is the next lucky number…

RocketMan
RocketMan
7 months ago

How do we tell what site at vandenberg the rocket will launch from?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  RocketMan
7 months ago

Under the location section on the page, it states the launch pad as Space Launch Complex 4E

Judy
Judy
5 months ago

Happy New Year to Aaron , Steve W, Rocket Man, Rocket Monkey and of course SpaceX.
See you all in 2022 for more great rocket launches .

Pancho
Pancho
5 months ago

Dec 17 scrubbed. Moved to Dec 18, very early morning.

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Pancho
5 months ago

Can you provide a source?

Pancho
Pancho
Reply to  Rocket Monkey
5 months ago

A friend from Vandenberg texted me.

Also, January launch just got cancelled.

Bets
Bets
5 months ago

Is this still a GO for launch?

Pancho
Pancho
Reply to  Bets
5 months ago

I could see the launch pad lighted up. It is 9:46 pm PST.

Pancho
Pancho
Reply to  Bets
5 months ago

Very clear sky here at Vandenberg village. Nice launch!πŸ‘πŸ‘

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
Reply to  Bets
5 months ago

Sure is , done and dusted as SpaceX does best.

David Harris
David Harris
5 months ago

Watched from Bentura, always amazed!

Michael Skewes
Michael Skewes
5 months ago

Looked great from Burbank California!

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
Reply to  Michael Skewes
5 months ago

All you folks in the USA are lucky seeing these launches we envy you all. We here in Australia have to watch it via web cam but its still worth it

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

Great launch Elon , winners are grinners.