Watch Live! SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch, Putting 60 Starlink Satellites Into Space

by birtanpublished on November 26, 2020

good evening it is Wednesday June 3rd and you are looking at a live view of Falcon 9 as it awaits its 9:25 p.m. Eastern Time launch from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida hello from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne California my name is Jesse Anderson and I'm a lead manufacturing engineer here at SpaceX you're watching a live webcast for our eight StarLink mission in our

Ninth mission this year today we've launched over 420 Starling satellites to orbit as a reminder of StarLink is a constellation of satellites that can provide high speed low latency Internet all over the globe particularly in remote or rural areas where connectivity is limited or completely unavailable this latest launch comes on the heels of our historical first launch of humans over the weekend in case you missed it will give you a quick update on that later in the broadcast at t-minus 9 minutes all systems are go for an on-time liftoff

This evening and if for any reason there is a hold on the countdown today we have a backup launch window opportunity tomorrow at 904 p.m. Eastern you're looking at a live view of Falcon 9 our 70 meter two-stage liquid fueled launch vehicle getting ready for launch from Space Launch Complex 40 or slick 40 this booster will be flying for the fifth time today it previously supported the Telstar 18 Vantage mission iridium 8 and the first StarLink mission as well as the third StarLink mission the bottom two-thirds of the vehicle is the first stage you could see the suit markings

From left over from the its last flight and the first stage accelerates the vehicle through the Earth's atmosphere into space with the help of nine Merlin engines at the base of the rocket today we will be attempting to recover the first stage for the fifth time which if we are successful would be the first fifth landing of a falcon 9 booster today we are using our drone ships just read the instructions which was our very first drone ship and opposed to our monk commonly used drone ship of course I still love you since it was currently occupied by our demo to Falcon 9 booster

Up until last night from this past weekend's exciting historical launch just read the instructions is currently stationed about 350 nautical miles northeast of the Cape and about 200 nautical miles east of Charleston above the first stage is the second stage which has a single Merlin vacuum or n vac engine which ignites after the first stage separates the second stage is what will carry the Starling satellites into an elliptical orbit above the Earth's surface from there they will use their propulsion systems who move up to their

Operational altitude of 550 kilometers and Falcon 9 has been loading propellants since t-minus 35 minutes and as a reminder we use a rocket grade kerosene or our key one as our fuel and super chilled liquid oxygen or lox as our oxidizer to power Falcon nine and currently our p1 and lox are nearly fully loaded on both stages and LOX will continue to be topped off right until the last minute of the countdown the stack of sixty satellites is safely enclosed inside of the 17 foot diameter payload fairing which you can see on your screen that's that pointed

Structure at the very top of the rocket this protects the satellites from the Aero thermal heating aerodynamic loads and contamination during ascent but once we reach the vacuum of space we no longer need them so we will jettison the fairing as the second stage continues on its journey to orbit we will be attempting to recover the fairing halves today using our recovery ships mystery and mischeif at approximately t plus 40 minutes the team will perform a poll to confirm if we're all good to make a catch attempt and weather plays a factor as well as telemetry of the fairing its

Altitude position and speed and we were watching some thick clouds earlier making sure that we are good for weather just like we did in last week's launch demo to launch constantly checking on the weather but today we are currently go for weather at t0 so with that the vehicle satellites weather and range are all looking good for an on-time liftoff just about five and a half minutes from now and as I mentioned at the top of the broadcast we are coming off an amazing weekend with the SpaceX and NASA teams successfully launching the dads at NASA astronauts

Bob bankin and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station our second demonstration mission or what we call demo two lifted off from historic launch pad 39a at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday May 30th and 19 hours later docked with the International Space Station the mission marks the first time a commercially built spacecraft has launched people to the space station and the first time in nearly 10 years that the US has launched astronauts into space from US soil the video that you see on your screen is Bob and Doug floating around in orbit giving

Us a tour of their Dragon spacecraft which they named endeavour to commemorate the huge efforts made by the SpaceX team as well as a nod to the first shuttle that they both flew on demo2 is an end-to-end flight test from a launch to docking to splashdown it is the final major milestone for SpaceX s human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station while Bob and Doug certainly had the best seats for the demo to launch they weren't the only ones to try their hand at docking dragon to the space station

We recently released the same simulation that the astronauts trained on in advance of the demo2 mission head over to ISS – sim dot SpaceX comm – give it a try yourself that simulation the displays and crew dragon and a bunch of other really cool projects were developed by SpaceX software engineers software engineers at SpaceX get to work across exciting projects that drive our rockets spacecraft satellites and ground systems if you're interested in helping roll out star link to the world or taking humanity to the Moon and Mars send your

Resume to software jobs at SpaceX com we will also be setting up a reddit ask me anything or AMA with our software team in the next week or so so stay tuned to our social media accounts for details on that once demo2 is complete these SpaceX and NASA teams have reviewed all the data for certification NASA astronauts Victor Glover Mike Hopkins Shannon Walker and JAXA astronaut sowho Noguchi have been assigned to fly on dragons first six-month operational mission which we're calling crew 1 which is targeted for later this year we are currently two and a half minutes from

Liftoff and Falcon 9 is now moving into the final stages of the countdown the first and second stages are both nearly fully loaded with 1 million pounds of kerosene fuel and liquid oxygen super chilled liquid oxygen which as I mentioned earlier is our propellant oxidizer is what's creating those white clouds that you see around Falcon 9 when it's exposed to the warmer ambient air then you can see that on your screen their first stage should finish prop loading actually already has finished prop loading at t-minus three minutes and second stage is coming up on

Finished prepping at t-minus two minutes at t-minus 60 seconds Falcon 9 will be in startup and that means that the Rockets autonomous internal flight computers have taken over the launch countdown so with the Starlin payload continuing to be healthy the F 9 teams Falcon 9 teams are tracking no issues on the rocket weather is still looking good and the range is green for launch so we are at t-minus one and a half minutes from liftoff and again in about 30 seconds we'll be in start-up what this means is that the vehicle basically be

Autonomously making its decision if it will continue with liftoff at t zero Falcon 9 is startup and there's that call-out that Falcon 9 is in startup over lunch and at t-minus 45 seconds there was that call-out for go for lunch again that was the Falcon 9 rocket making that decision autonomously now we are t-minus 30 seconds from liftoff of our star link payload tonight so let's listen in and watch liftoff seven six five four three two one zero ignition

Go we are t+ 40 seconds into flight and Falcon 9 has successfully lifted up from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying our sterling payloads hoo it's targeted drop off orbit moments ago we did throttle down our engines in preparation for max Q and that is the maximum aerodynamic pressure which is the largest structural load that the vehicle will see that's coming up here in a few seconds max Q and there's that call-out that we have just passed through max Q in about a minute we will have three events happening back to back

The first of which will be main engine cutoff or Miko this is where all nine m1d engines shut off to slow the vehicle down in preparation for the second event which is stage separation stage separation is where the first stage separates from the second stage with the first stage the first stage starting to make its way back to earth for landing and stage two continuing on its journey with the third event called se s1 or second engine start one and that's where the n-back engine lights up on the second stage and propels the second stage along with the StarLink

Satellites to its drop-off Oregon orbits we are at t plus two minutes and five seconds so we're just about 25 seconds away from those three events again that is Miko stage separation and SES one or second engine start one you go stage separation confirmed and there you can see on your screen on the left screen we had main engine cutoff in stage separation on your right screen is the second stage and back engine lighting up glowing bright red there and it is a bit dark on the East Coast but you can see on your left screen that first stage those grid fins

Are deploying and on your right screen we have fairing deploy coming upstairs and there is that confirmation of fairing deployed now let's see if those fairing halves can be recovered by our recovery ships mystery and mischief today again we won't have that live that will happen around t plus 40 minutes so check in with our social media accounts for updates on those bearing halves and stage 2 still looking nominal again that is what you see on your right screen stage 1 is making its way back and as the first stage makes its way back to earth it will perform two burns

The first of which will be the entry burn and that is where three of the nine and 1d engines reignite and this helps slow the vehicle down as it reenters back into the upper part of the Earth's atmosphere and finally will be the second and final burn is the landing burn and this is a single engine burn that's the center a nine engine that reignites and brings the vehicle all the way down very very rapidly slows the vehicle down so that it can touch down and land on the drone ship again we are attempting to land the first stage today on just read the instructions as are of

Course I still love you drone ship was occupied with her demo two vehicle from over the weekend up until last night we are at t plus five and a half minutes stage two still looking nominal and first stage making its way back that first burned that entry burn will be coming up in about a minute from now around t plus six minutes and 45 seconds and that entry burn will last about 20 seconds long again that is to slow the vehicle down as it reenters back into the Earth's atmosphere Stage two on your right screen still on a nominal trajectory and on your left

Screen it is a little bit dark it is nighttime on the East Coast but we should see that screen light up with those with that entry burn those three engines reigniting Stage one FPSs safe stage one entry Baron is started and there you hear that call out as well as a visual confirmation that those engines have reignited the vehicle continues to follow a nominal trajectory and stage you want an actual Baron shutdown and confirmation that the stage one entry burn is complete as well as stage two still looking nominal you heard that

Call out coming up next is the landing burn around t plus eight and a half minutes around 8 minutes and 24 seconds looks like we lost that live view of the first stage coming down but that is expected hopefully we can get that live view back right now you'll see your attic right now what you're seeing on your left screen is the drone ship just read the instructions followed very closely after the landing burn and landing of the first stage will be Seco one that is second engine cutoff around t plus 8 minutes and 58 seconds

Stage one landing burn has started turns landing legs I've deployed days 2ft ssafe and Wow as you saw coming 100 on recovery 1 not amazing that first stage booster has landed for the first time for the fifth time for a falcon 9 booster that is amazing we're waiting for a second stage engine cutoff what an amazing view of that first stage coming down even though it was dark and night but those engines lighting up the screen watching first stage come down was an amazing view and we heard a call out of good orbit for a second stage signal Newfoundland and now that second stage

Is going to now that second stage is in a good orbit it's going to coast for a few minutes and during this time it will start to spin along its central axis giving these sterling satellite scan momentum that they need to space themselves out over time after they deployed so we will take a quick break and return back here at t plus 14 minutes

welcome back to the webcast for Starlin so far we had an on-time liftoff tonight stage once successfully separated from stage two and made its way back to land on our drone ship just read the instructions which was the first time a booster has landed for a fifth time in SpaceX history so very exciting stage

Two is still nominal and now we are coming up on deployment of the StarLink satellite shortly here in about 40 seconds or so and we firmly believe in the importance of a naturalist night sky for all of us to enjoy which is why we have been working with leading astronomers around the world to better understand the specifics of their observations and engineering changes we can make to reduce satellite brightness one measure we're taking to accomplish this is by adding a deployable visor to the satellite to block sunlight from hitting the brightest parts of the

Spacecraft now let's listen in to that call out for payload deploy and again the first unit with the Sun Visor is actually on this payload right here that you see in front of you payload deployed confirmed and there is that confirmation we got a live view as it was deploying from the vehicle those Starling satellites are making their way separating from second stage right in front of you right now shortly they will deploy their solar array and over the next few days and weeks they will distance themselves from each other and use their onboard ion thrusters to

Make their way to their operational orbits and also just to note tomorrow is June 4th that was actually the anniversary of our first Falcon flight ten-year anniversary of our first flight so very exciting time first Falcon 9 flight so very very exciting times and that brings our webcast to a close follow our website and social media platforms for updates on our next missions and milestones and as the work goes on to build a better more exciting future please stay safe stay healthy and we'll see you at the next launch

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