SpaceX, Falcon 9, Rocket rlink Mission 🔴 SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch 60 Starlink Satellites 01/20/2021
So at t minus 30 seconds all systems are go for launch, so let’s, listen into the terminal count and watch as falcon 9 takes our starling satellites into orbit stage for flight minus 15 seconds. Falcon 9 is configured ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four three, two one: zero okay, 40 seconds we’ve got a beautiful view of falcon 9 successfully lifting off that tree is nominal from pad ‘a at kennedy, space center carrying our stack of starlink satellites to orbit, and We are throttling down the vehicle uh, the engines in preparation for max q or maximum aerodynamic pressure. 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 or 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 scs, 1 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 mikko stage, separation confirmed and the ignition 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 eighth successful flight. For this falcon 9 booster on a sense, 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 reignite, 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 a hundred and ninety thousand 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 twenty seconds long stage. One entry burn shut down, 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 can 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 seco one waiting for confirmation of good orbit 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 on time liftoff this morning at 8, 02 a.m. Eastern time, followed by the completion of the first eighth flight and recovery for this booster, which is a first for falcon 9 and despite those stronger winds today marks our 65th landing of falcon 9 and 72nd successful recovery of a first stage. We’Re now just waiting for the relight of our second stage or scs2 coming up here in a few seconds, it’ll be a short one. Second burn just waiting for that call out again: it’s just a one second burn, so it’s, very quick, but it does go a long way for the second stage nominal orbit insertion and there we heard that call out for good nominal insertion. Again. We just had scs2 and co2 just a quick burn of that second stage engine. We have another 15 minute coast phase before we deploy our next batch of satellites into orbit, and during this time the spacecraft will start to spin along its central axis, giving the starlink satellites the momentum they need to space themselves out over time after they deploy. While this happens, sit back and enjoy the space jams, we’ll see you back here at t plus one hour and four minutes: Music Music, Music cast.
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 halo, 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.