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Starlink Group 8-2

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Trajectory


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Starlink Group 8-2

Mission


Starlink Group 8-2

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

A batch of 20 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation – SpaceX’s project for space-based Internet communication system.

Starlink Group 8-2

Location


Space Launch Complex 4E

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 4E has witnessed the launch of 148 rockets, including 148 orbital launch attempts, while Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA, has been the site for 759 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 4E

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 B1082

Booster B1082 last launched 06/19/2024 and has seen 5 successful launches and landings. Falcon 9 Block 5 booster.

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.

B1082

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.

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Richard's Rocketry
Richard's Rocketry
1 month ago

What’s the quickest that SpaceX has launched back to back, in number of days, from vandenberg? Is it realistic that this could be done Tuesday? Thanks!!!

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Richard's Rocketry
1 month ago

It is very possible, check back for updates because the launch schedule changes often.

Andrew Schmidt
Andrew Schmidt
Reply to  Richard's Rocketry
1 month ago

Not only is it possible, they probably could have stuck to the original Monday plan, since everything is planned and programmed separately. There’s no reason to rush things, though, which I would imagine is why they backed-up both launches, but if there was a sense of urgency, it could have… Read more »

Therese Burch
Therese Burch
1 month ago

Is the launch for tonight, Wednesday, May 8 still at 7:48 PM? We’ve got a lot of people over here in the LA county area arguing over the time. Some say it’s 8:50 PM others say it’s 7:48 PM and then other say it’s tomorrow! Can you clear things up?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Therese Burch
1 month ago

It has been delayed. Check back for updates.

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
1 month ago

Hopefully,The launch will be successful.

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

& away we go………again.

Mary
Mary
1 month ago

Will astronauts ever be launched from SoCal? That would be a sight to see.

Ryan
Ryan
Reply to  Mary
1 month ago

Unlikely as launches from Vandenberg are typically polar orbits, and would not intersect the ISS, nor a trajectory to get to other planets or the moon. It is launches that are out-of-plane to the solar system.

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

So, let’s be clear for all the people watching. The launch is postponed once again tonight?

Vaughn Cassingham
Vaughn Cassingham
Reply to  Richard
1 month ago

Richard, is that a question or statement?