SpaceX to launch Starlink 4-15 mission, expand booster fleet

SpaceX is set to launch its twentieth Falcon 9 rocket of the year with a batch of Starlink satellites to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) on the Starlink Group 4-15 mission. Liftoff is scheduled to occur on Saturday, May 14 at 4:40:50pm EDT (20:40:50 UTC) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) in Florida. The Falcon 9 for this mission is of special interest as it uses a new booster, B1073-1, something not seen until now on a Starlink mission. Weather is predicted to have a 70% probability of go conditions during the primary launch window and the secondary opportunity the next day, with no weather concerns in the downrange areas for booster and fairing recovery on either day. The Falcon 9 rocket will perform its traditional 35-minute-long automated launch countdown sequence prior to liftoff. Main Engine Cut-Off – or MECO – will occur about two and a half minutes into flight with stage separation and MVac ignition occurring shortly after. The fairing halves will then separate approximately 5 seconds after MVac ignition. The first stage for this mission will then perform its usual trip back to Earth via a set of entry and landing…

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SpaceX to launch Starlink 4-15 mission, expand booster fleet

Updated: May 14, 2022 — 10:27 am