IMAGE OF THE DAY: SpaceX Falcon 9 Lights Up Night Sky in Cape Canaveral on Saturday
By Space Coast Daily // June 13, 2020
liftoff happened at 5:21 a.m.
ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX Falcon 9 Successfully Launched Starlink 8 Saturday Morning at Cape Canaveral
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – On Saturday, (June 13) at 5:21 a.m. EDT, SpaceX successfully launched its ninth Starlink mission from Cape Canaveral, carrying 58 Starlink satellites and three of Planet’s SkySats.
This mission marked SpaceX’s first SmallSat Rideshare Program launch.
One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously flew on the JCSAT-18/Kacific1 mission, and the other half previously flew on SpaceX’s third Starlink mission. Planet’s SkySats were deployed sequentially beginning about 12 minutes after liftoff, and the Starlink satellites deployed approximately 26 minutes after liftoff.
Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported Dragon’s 19th and 20th resupply missions to the International Space Station.
Following stage separation, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 first stage landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
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