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Discussion: starlink-9 launch Wed at noon

in: ken; ken > 2020-07-07

Jul 8, 2020 5:46 AM # 
The next group of 57 starlink sats (and two rideshares) is scheduled for 11:59 AM EDT Wed Jul 8. It was pushed down the schedule to allow for a GPS launch last week. Unfortunately the new launch timing is lousy for satellite viewing for us. First opportunities are some poor early morning passes at the end of July. They'll be at altitude and hard to see by then anyways. Too bad.

Livestream of Wednesday's launch will be at the usual place.

Launch of the next group, starlink-10, is TBD late July.

In other news, there was a Rocket Lab Electron launch failure over the weekend. The launch was from NZ. Details are sketchy, but it looks like the second stage had a problem at the time of a scheduled hot-swap from one battery to another. The fuel pumps on the Electron are driven by battery powered electric motors. The payload was lost. This is the rocket type that will eventually be flying from Wallops, VA.
Jul 8, 2020 3:52 PM # 
Just scrubbed due to weather.

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