SpaceX launched the rocket on Saturday to launch the company’s next Starlink batch of satellites into space.
On Saturday (Jan. 4), on the Space Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Florida, the company performed a static-fire test of a Falcon 9 rocket, said the company on Twitter. This rocket is expected to send 60 Starlink internet satellites into space no later than Monday (January 6), marking the year’s first Florida Space Coast launch.
On Friday 3rd January, the Falcon 9 is leaving its hangar and has relocated vertically on its launch pad in anticipation of the scheduled testing of its nine first-stage engines on Saturday. The two-stage rocket will be released at 9:19 p.m.EST on Monday. (Tuesday 02:19 GMT).
Yet SpaceX put the vehicle through a routine start rehearsal before it can start. The short test, known as a static fire test, is one of the last major milestones before the start of the test. The Falcon super-chilled propellants-kerosene and fluid oxygen-were loaded into the racket during the drill, before the nine Merlin 1D engines of the first stage were ignited.
The engines fired briefly at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT), which produces over 1 million pounds while the booster is firmly on the ground. Engineers reviewed the data before settling on the planned launch attempt of the Falcon 9 on Monday night.
“Static fire completed — aimed at Monday, January 6 at 9:19 p.m. EST for launching 60 Florida Pad 40 Starlink satellites,” SpaceX wrote on Twitter shortly after the drill.
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting Monday, January 6 at 9:19 p.m. EST for launch of 60 Starlink satellites from Pad 40 in Florida
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 4, 2020
Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched a Starlink mission, the Iridium-8 mission, and the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission pic.twitter.com/QdailzdG4o
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 4, 2020
SpaceX flew a total of 13 times in 2019. The last mission involved a two-wheeled Falcon 9 booster boosting the third time, with a heavy-weight satellite for a start-up and Japanese broadband company based in Singapore on Dec. 16. On Dec. 16.
Now the company is back in three successful missions to create a third batch of Starlink satellites on a Falcon. The rocket, known as B1049.4 (the SpaceX ID), previously hung a further load of Starlink satellites and the VANTAGE missions Iridium-8 and Telstar 18.
Monday’s flight marks Cape Canaveral’s first launch of the year and the first launch under the aegis of the new space force. President Donald Trump signed a bill to establish the United States on 20 December. Space Force is the sixth military branch after a US defense bill has been passed. The new branch was established by the Senate.
“Space is very important for our lifestyle, and people rely on us to make a difference,” said Brig. Gen. Doug Schiess, 45th Space Wing commander at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in an e-mail statement. “We will continue to do what we’ve been excelling in for almost 70 years: we will continue to provide our mission to fighting people and our nation with secure access to space.”
SpaceX is the third batch of Starlink satellites on the veteran rocket designed to provide global internet access. In May of last year, the Company launched its first group of 60, followed by another 60 last November, and it expects to eventually have more than 40,000 satellites in the developing constellation. The launch on Monday would bring the total number of satellites to close to 180. The constellation of Musk will be the biggest in space.
Musk said SpaceX would require at least 400 Starlink satellites for’ minor’ broadband coverage in space, and 800 aloft satellites for’ major’ coverage. With fewer than ten launches, the company claims that by 2020 it could start offering broadband service in the United States.
The weather is forecast to be perfect for launch on Monday. The forecasters predicted a greater than 90 percent likelihood of favorable lift conditions, with cumulus clouds the only concern.