As revealed by Digital appearance in the July astronomical calendar, the month will have a series of rocket launches. SpaceX, of course, couldn’t be left out. Of the six missions announced by the company, five are to put Starlink broadband internet service satellites into orbit, and one is to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).
This Thursday (7), a Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Launch Pad 40 (LC-40) at Space Force Station Cape Canaveral, Florida at 10 a.m. (all times in text are based on Brasília time zone), carrying a batch of 53 satellites in low Earth orbit.
It will be the 13th mission for the B1058 model, which will become the second booster to achieve this record number of SpaceX launches, as well as the 28th flight of a Falcon 9 in 2022.
It is estimated that approximately nine minutes after takeoff, the first stage will land on the drone ferry. Just read the instructions (JRTI), already strategically positioned in the Atlantic Ocean.
The company will launch another batch of Starlink satellites on Sunday, this time departing Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 11 p.m., with the first leg set to land on the drone ferry. Of course I still love you (OCISLY).
It will then be SpaceX’s 25th Commercial Resupply Service (CRS-25) mission to the ISS, under contract with NASA. The launch, four times delayed, will also take place at night, around 10:30 p.m.
After that, three more Starlink satellite launches are scheduled for this month, undated at this time, two from Florida and one from California.
If all are successful and on schedule, SpaceX ends July with 33 launches completed in 2022, two more than the total for 2021. The company has already reached more than half of the 52 planned for the year.
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