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This is the largest structural load that the vehicle sees on a sense so slowing down. The vehicle helps us pass through the short period max q and there’s that call out that we’ve passed through mass max q now in about a minute. We’Ll have three events happening: that’ll, be main engine cutoff for what we call miko stage separation and ses one, which is second engine start one now miko is where we shut down all nine of those m1d engines on the first stage to slow the vehicle down in Preparation for stage separation and that’s, where the first stage separates from the second stage first stage will start making its way first stage will start making its way back to earth for landing. While second stage continues on its journey with the third event, which is ses, one or second engine start one and that’s, where we light up the mvac engine and it propels the second stage, along with these starlink satellites to orbit we’ve just got some awesome views on The screen such a beautiful morning, we’re just about 15 seconds away from those three events: miko stage separation and ses one, and we go stage separation, the confirmed and throttle up, and there you just saw mikko and stage separation on your left hand, screen on your right Hand screen is the second stage waiting on fairing deploy coming up here shortly, bearing separation confirmed and there you could see the fairing halves have been deployed and you can see them falling back to earth and with that stage, separation that confirms the eight successful flight.
For this falcon 9 booster on ascent, so very exciting um and as a reminder, we will be attempting to recover the fairing house today with our recovery, ships, mystery and mischief. Now, as stage two heads towards its targeted drop off orbit stage, one will execute two burns in order to make its way back to earth and that first burn is called the entry burn that’s, where three of the nine m1d engines will, and this helps signal bermuda. This helps to slow the stage down as it re enters into the upper parts of the earth’s atmosphere. The second and final burn for the first stage is the landing burn. Each of the m1d engines has 190 000 pounds of thrust, which is just enough to slow down the vehicle rapidly to touch down for landing as a landing burn is just a single engine burn and again this is the vehicle’s eighth flight. So it is our life leader. It has completed a successful ascent in stage separation, so let’s see if we can land it for the eighth time, which will be a first for falcon 9.. Both vehicles are following nominal trajectories. You heard that call out that both vehicles are nominal just a little over a minute away from that entry burn start on the first stage and what you see on your screen is a view looking forward on the left hand, screen now we’ve changed to the looking Aft on first stage and on your right hand, screen is a view of that mvac engine on second stage that second stage engine that mvac engine has a thrust of 220 500 220 500 pounds of thrust in a vacuum: pretty powerful engine there and we’re just about 20 seconds or so away from that entry burn on the first stage you can see those grid fins are deployed, helping to steer the vehicle and we do use nitrogen gas burst for attitude control stage.
1 fts is saved stage. One entry burn startup there’s that call out and visual of the entry burn on the first stage, on your left hand, screen so last about 20 seconds long stage, 1 entry burn shutdown, and that concludes the entry burn on first stage and as a reminder at our Recovery site in the atlantic ocean ground level, winds are in the forecast. Today, these ones are potentially stronger than what falcon 9 has experienced on trajectories. I was just call out that everything is nominal. These wins are potentially stronger than what falcon 9 has experienced on previous flights. Therefore, today’s mission will be what we call an envelope: expansion on our first stage, landing wind performance, meaning we’re, going to test the wind limits of our vehicle upon landing, so let’s see if we could stick this landing today again, it also will be the eighth landing If we do land this vehicle and we’re just about 30 seconds away from that landing burn start on the first stage and what you’re looking at on your screen is a nice view of the second stage, still looking nominal stage, one landing burn, startup there’s that call Out landing burn has started on first stage, see if we could stick this landing. This view of the drone ship on your left hand, screen stage. One landing leg deploy looks like we lost that live view on the first stage, we’ll wait for confirmation and there you can see on your screen.
We have landed the falcon 9 for the eighth time. This is our life leader. What an amazing morning that is an awesome view and we’re just waiting for seco one on second stage and ceca and there’s that call out for ceco1 waiting for confirmation of good orbits, nominal insertion and there’s that call out for good orbit on second stage. What an exciting morning we’ve landed that first stage for the eighth time and now that second stage is going to coast signal new finland. Second stage is now going to coast in this orbit for the next 35 minutes or so, and while that happens, take a look at this uh. The animation will have an animation showcasing where we are in the coast phase. So we will see you back here at t plus 45 minutes for that second stage: relay Music: Music; Music. Do Music, Music! Welcome back to our webcast. We had an on time liftoff this morning and again, our life leader vehicle completed the first eighth flight and recovery for a falcon 9., now we’re coming up on the deployment of our stack of starlink satellites in just a few seconds here. So we will listen in and watch live as the payload deploys. We’Ve got the sun beaming into our camera view. There payload, deploy confirmed what you are seeing live are those starlink satellites in space, drifting away from our second stage, which confirms deployment shortly. They will deploy their solar array and, over the next few days and weeks, they will distance themselves from each other and use their onboard ion thrusters to make their way to their operational orbit.
Beautiful live view, and that brings our webcast to a close. Thank you to the range and the faa for supporting today’s mission and thanks to all of our viewers, as well as all of those in the u.s canada and the uk, who ordered starlink under our public beta program. If you’re interested in being a part of our beta program head over to starlink.