SpaceX to continue Starlink expansion with third launch to shell 3

SpaceX is set to launch the Starlink Group 3-3 mission on Friday, marking the company’s 55th dedicated launch to build its satellite internet constellation. Group 3-3 will take flight on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, with a one-second launch window at 2:40 pm PDT (21:40 UTC). With Friday’s launch marking its 36th mission in 2022, SpaceX continues to break its own records in terms of overall flights and reuse of boosters. With an on-time liftoff, Group 3-3 will maintain an average cadence of a launch every 6.22 days for SpaceX this year. It will be SpaceX’s third launch of the month, with another four planned for the rest of August. A major factor in SpaceX’s high launch cadence has been its ability to reuse the first stage of its Falcon 9 rockets. For the Group 3-3 mission, SpaceX will be using B1061-10, a flight-proven booster that will be making its tenth flight. As one of the older boosters in SpaceX’s ever-growing fleet, B1061 has already been involved in several historic missions. Its first mission was the Crew-1 launch in November 2020, carrying Crew Dragon Resilience into orbit on…

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SpaceX to continue Starlink expansion with third launch to shell 3

Updated: August 12, 2022 — 10:26 am