Record breaking launch

26. 5. 2021 0 By Space Seeker

SpaceX launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellite this weekend. This mission was launched using booster 1051 which flew for 10th time and landed back on the droneship, setting a new record for rocket reusability.

Starlink is SpaceX’s global internet constellation of satellites which aims to deliver fast, low latency, and inexpensive internet to locations where ground based internet is either unreliable, limited or completely unavailable.

The second stage and Starlink payload reached their initial parking orbit 8 minutes 47 seconds after launch. The second stage then coasted for about 37 minutes before reigniting its engine for only one second. After the second burn was complete, the payload was in a 260 x 280 km orbit. 

Falcon 9 after liftoff
Photo by nasaspaceflight