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SpaceX to launch second Starlink mission (v1.0 L14) in a week

22 Oct 2020, 05:52 UTC
SpaceX to launch second Starlink mission (v1.0 L14) in a week
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Just four days after the previous flight, SpaceX is ready to launch its third batch of Starlink satellites this month into orbit at 12:14pm (16:14 UTC) on Thursday, October 22. The Starlink v1.0 L14 mission, the fourteenth launch of operational satellites, will launch from pad SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The weather forecast released the day before launch showed a 50% chance of acceptable weather with the primary concerns being the Cumulus Cloud and Thick Cloud Rules. The forecast also showed a high chance of bad weather in the recovery zone approximately 633km downrange where drone ship Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) will be waiting to recover the first stage of the rocket. If the launch is delayed a day, the forecast show a 60% chance of favorable weather and slightly improved conditions in the recovery area on Friday.
Lead image of booster 1060’s first flight with the GPS III SV03 payload by Julia Bergeron for NASASpaceflightJRTI is being towed by tug Lauren Foss on this mission, and will be joined by support ship GO Quest. Fairing catcher ships Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief may also join the group from the nearby port in Moorehead, NC as they ...

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