SpaceX’s second rocket recovery drone ship leaves port during Starlink launch

On October 18, SpaceX’s second booster recovery ‘drone ship’ leaves Port Canaveral Exactly At the same time as the Falcon 9 rocket, 60 Starlink satellites were launched a dozen miles to the north.

A remote point-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera recently installed at the port by Nassspaceflight.com literally emptied the berth of the captured drone ship Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) on the Falcon 9’s SpaceX Stirling-13 mission. Frame. This frame helps to occupy some of the free scale and attractive space of the reusable rocket infrastructure ClearSX that SpaceX has built from something in a few short years, as well as the unique spaceflight that has begun to enable reusability.

In short, in a single camera frame, viewers will see a huge SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket weighing 560 metric tons (3 1.3 million pounds) weighing 70 meters (230 feet) long on a drone ship. Miles) and finally reached Earth orbit.

At the forefront, distant rocket emissions are probably flashing on its deck, a completely separate football-field-sized drone ship known as Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) launches its own Starlink to land on almost the same Atlantic Ocean landing site to catch a separate Falcon 9 rocket. And landed three days later.

About eight minutes after the lift, the drone completed the sixth orbital-class launch of the Starlink-13 Falcon 9 Booster B1051 rocket and landed at OCISLE in an innocent, bullseye. If things go well during stage-safe operation, OCISLI and JRTI can easily cross a few miles (or less), because JRTI – literally – is made in exactly the same landing area.

The drone ship JRTI last supported the launch and landing of the Falcon 9 of the ANASIS 2 on 20 July. (SpaceX)

Starlink-13 complete, SpaceX appears to be on track to launch another Starlink mission just three days later. Known as the Starlink-14 or Starlink V1L14, it will be the 14th launch of the operational V1.0 Starlink satellite, the 13th Starlink launch of SpaceX in 2020 and will mark the 15th Starlink launch altogether. On Wednesday, October 21, EDT (1: 3: 66 UTC) is scheduled to leave Starlink-14 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCFS) Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) before 12:36 (net). L-1D Weather forecast Predict 60% chance of favorable conditions.

As discussed earlier in Teslari, if Starlink-14 launches on time or less than 2 hours late, it will break the rocket turnaround record of the supporting Falcon 9 booster SpaceX (and thus the world).

“NextSpaceflight.com reports that SpaceX has deployed Falcon 9 Booster B1060 to Starlink-14. If the Starlink-14 hits the October 21 schedule, the B1060 will beat the B1058 for the crown of the fastest booster turnaround, launching twice in just 48 days. The Falcon 9B1058 set the current world record by defeating NASA’s space shuttle (55 days) earlier this year. “

Teslarat.com – October 15, 2020

The Falcon 9 Booster B1060 completed its first launch and landing on June 30, followed by a second mission on September 2. (SpaceX)

As usual, SpaceX will usually host an official webcast scheduled to begin 15 minutes before a launch. Tune in to EDT (16:20 UTC) around 12:20 pm to catch the Falcon 9’s Starlink-14 launch and direct landing.

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