SpaceX is rocket game in this early 2022 and never has expression been more adequate, given that the aerospace company of Elon Musk bases a thriving business on the launch of space rockets. In these very last hours, SpaceX has successfully completed yet another mission dedicated to the Starlink constellation of satellites, after the one completed (with equal success) on January 19th.
The launch window will open at 19.13 (Italian time): barring unforeseen circumstances, a Falcon 9 rocket will take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (Florida) carrying the cargo of 49 satellites of the Starlink mission 4-6 which will be added to the more than 2,000 already launched. The mission was scheduled for last week, but was postponed due to weather conditions that interfered with the other recent SpaceX mission thanks to which the Italian COSMO-SkyMed Earth observation satellite was sent into orbit.
The goal of the three orbital launches in two days has not been achieved, but the success of today’s mission would still allow us to reach a noteworthy milestone, three launches in a week. In fact, it is recalled that yesterday (February 2) SpaceX sent the spy satellite NROL-87 into orbit on behalf of the National Reconnaissance Office of the United States.
The SpaceX NROL-87 missionyesterday, the second of this week
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The launch is occurred correctly at 1:13 PM EST, 19:13 in Italy. The Falcon 9 rocket carried 49 Starlink satellites into orbit. This was the sixth launch and landing for the Falcon 9 used in this mission: previously it had been used for Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23 and IXPE.
The first stage has successfully landed on the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas, while the 49 satellites have been correctly positioned in the low earth orbit. It is possible to cover all the phases of the launch in the following video: