SpaceX continues rapid Starlink deployment with fourth launch in 16 days, pushing in-orbit units to over 2000

by | Mar 9, 2022 | Constellation, Launches, Satellites, Seradata News, SpaceX

SpaceX successfully launched another Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, at 1345 GMT on 9 March. The vehicle was carrying 48 Starlink satellites destined for fourth “shell” of the constellation at ~540 km, inclined at 53.2 degrees. However, as is standard practise for SpaceX the spacecraft were deployed into a lower orbit and will have to propel themselves up to there operational orbit. This set of satellites was deployed into an approximately 315 x 305 km orbit, inclined at 53.2 degrees.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifting-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with its 48 satellite payload. Courtesy of SpaceX via YouTube

 

The B1052 first-stage successfully landed on the drone barge A Shortfall Of Gravitas which was stationed 635 km down range in the Atlantic Ocean.

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