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Watch Starlink launch live

Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:01 am
by rwilkinson
The next batch of Starlink satellites are due to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket around 1:20pm this afternoon.
It should be streamed live from here:

It will be from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This re-usable Falcon 9’s first stage supported the Iridium-7 NEXT mission in July 2018, the SAOCOM 1A mission in October 2018, the Nusantara Satu mission in February 2019, and the second launch of Starlink in November 2019. Following stage separation, it should return and make a soft-landing on their droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Furthermore, the fairing (which surronds the payload during launch) is also recycled, having been used on the first launch of Starlink in May 2019. Approximately 45 minutes after liftoff, SpaceX’s fairing recovery vessels will attempt to recover the two fairing halves from the Ocean.

Re: Watch Starlink launch live

Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:31 pm
by rwilkinson
Well, they had good weather and the countdown got right down to zero but then an abort was called, when the flight computers sensed a problem with the thrust. As the commentator said, "there are a thousand ways in which a launch can go wrong, but only one way it can go right".
So this mission will be rescheduled.

Re: Watch Starlink launch live

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:43 am
by rwilkinson
It's been rescheduled to 3:15 this afternoon (Wednesday): ...

Re: Watch Starlink launch

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:41 am
by rwilkinson
They made another successful launch last night: ... Sge0I7pwFI
and this time the first stage made a perfect landing on their robot-barge too.

Re: Watch Starlink launch live

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 7:55 am
by rwilkinson
The eighth batch of Starlink satellites are due to be launched just before 9am on Sunday 17th and we can watch them live:

Watch Falcon9 CREWED launch live!

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 8:29 am
by rwilkinson
For the first time since the last flight of the Space Shuttle in 2011, U.S. astronauts will go to orbit from American soil.
As part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, SpaceX's Falcon 9 will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.
The launch is currently scheduled for Wednesday May 27th at 9:33 PM BST and you can watch the live feed from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center here:

Re: Watch Starlink launch live

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 5:58 pm
by cstone

Re: Watch Starlink launch live - at night

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:19 pm
by rwilkinson
The 8th batch of Starlinks (postponed from last month) were launched overnight - if you missed them at 2am you can review the video feed:
This is the first night-time Falcon 9 launch I've seen - and even the recovery of the 1st stage rocket on their remote-control barge looks more spectacular in the dark.
The commentary also mentions that this batch of satellites includes a "sun-vizor", in an attempt to reduce their brightness reflecting sunlight back to Earth.