SpaceX Starlink launches are becoming increasingly routine, but the seventh mission of 2021 to carry a new batch of the company’sto orbit will also set a new milestone.
The Falcon 9 booster scheduled to send 60 more orbiting routers to space early Sunday will be attempting a record ninth launch and landing, hitting a new mark for rocket recycling.
The first stage that will be boosting the satellites from Kennedy Space Center in Florida is a veteran of five previous Starlink missions, Crew Dragon’s first demonstration flight, aand a Canadian Space Agency satellite mission. The fairing or nose cone that’ll be used also previously flew on the Transporter-1 ride-share mission.
After giving the second stage and payload enough of a lift to get past Earth’s gravity well, the booster will return to land on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean.
Launch is currently set for 3:01 a.m. PT (6:01 a.m. ET) early Sunday. Note that due to Daylight Saving Time beginning at 2 a.m. local time, this launch will actually take place one minute after clocks spring forward. A livestream of the launch should begin about 10 minutes before liftoff, and you can watch via the embedded feed right here.
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