This year’s Starlink launch of SpaceX comes next after a major sharing mission delay has forced the schedule to switch.
Known as Starlink-16 or Starlink V1 L16, the mission will be SpaceX’s 16th active launch of v1.0 communications satellite and the 17th overall launch of Starlink, originally scheduled to follow the launch. SpaceX’s dedicated Smallsat Program Rideshare on January 14, Transporter-1 mission. That slipped away no sooner than (NET) on January 21 after the chaos that quickly happened earlier this year.
Scheduled for a NET 1:23 p.m. EST (18:23 UTC) on January 17, Starlink-16 becomes SpaceX’s second this year launch.The workday progress is evident when the ship is buzzing. Just Read The Instructions (JRTI) quickly dismissed the latest Falcon 9 booster and left Port Canaveral for the second time this year on January 13, heading 633km northeast. (~ 400 miles) Independent rocket landings were accurate on schedule. (And scheduled to be in the right place) to support the launch of Starlink around January 17.
An inter-line reading of comments made Jan. 12 by the 45th Space Wing Colonel, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), is expected to support as many as 53 launches in The year 2021, some of which 42-44 can be made from SpaceX.
The figures are in line with CEO Elon Musk’s recent message that SpaceX aims to launch as many as 48 this year, four of which are likely to fly off the company’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in California if. SpaceX handled the 40+ Florida launches in 2021, it’s safe to say that half – if not more – will be Starlink missions.In other words, SpaceX’s imminent launch of Starlink-16 is likely a launch. The first of the two dozen ones planned over the next 12 months, possibly orbiting nearly 1,500 satellites in a single year.
Perhaps it’s just three days from Starlink-16’s scheduled launch, in which five of SpaceX’s five available Falcon 9 accelerators have been tasked with supporting the mission, the Falcon 9 B1049 (numerically speaking) as a candidate. At its very best, with its final launch in late November – 54 days before January 17th, the Falcon 9 B1058 is the next model that ‘Oldest’ in the sense that it is the second recently released, giving SpaceX about 40 days of replacing the booster for Starlink-16.
Regardless of which booster SpaceX chooses. But it’s guaranteed to deliver the fastest Falcon 9 response ever, a milestone less and less as the company seriously tries to reduce the mean time between booster launches. There is still a good chance the Starlink-16 will wear at least one flight of the proven fairing kit as SpaceX continues to experience recovery and reuse of carbon composite materials.
Assuming Starlink-16 has 60 normal spacecraft, success would mean that SpaceX has officially launched more than 1,000 Starlink satellites since its particular launch began a year and a half ago in May 2019 overall. A successful launch would leave SpaceX with approximately 940 working spacecraft in orbit – half or so were either rising or stopping orbit.