CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – The second blastoff in SpaceX’s burgeoning Starlink constellation with 60 Starlink broadband satellites put on a stunning sky show Monday morning, Nov. 11 on Veterans Day – with the next generation payload bolted atop the first ever quadruply launched Falcon 9 first stage booster and first ever re-flown payload fairings encapsulating the payload stack thundering to space from Florida’s Space Coast.
The Starlink mission thus amasses a series of truly significant milestones in spaceflight history.
Liftoff of the Starlink mission took place at 9:56 a.m. EST (1456 GMT) during an instantaneous launch window Monday, Nov 11 from Space Launch Complex-40 (SLC-40) on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.
Eight minutes later the Falcon 9 first stage successfully made a precision rocket assisted intact and upright touchdown on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ (OCISLY) droneship prepositioned in the Atlantic Coast off the Carolinas.
This Starlink mission counts as the heaviest ever payload lofted by a Falcon 9.
Enjoy our second and much enlarged Space UpClose eyewitness gallery of photo and video imagery from the launch and prelaunch activities.
Video Caption: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying second set of 60 SpaceX built Starlink high speed broadband satellites lifts off at 9:56 a.m. ET on Nov 11, 2019 from Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL on Starlink mission – as seen in this video camera stationed at pad. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
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