SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Starlink Satellites at Last on 6th Try: Photos

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Starlink Satellites at Last on 6th Try: Photos
SpaceX Starlink Fisheye Streak shot over SLS, Max Brewer Bridge, Boardwalk & Titusville! SpaceX Falcon 9 launches 6th time at 818 PM ET Sunday evening, Sept. 18, 2022 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Starlink 4-34 mission carrying 54 internet satellites to LEO. Seen from Space View Park, Titusville: Crowds & condo complex & boardwalk (left), SLS (center right) & VAB, pad40, water reflection, boat dock (right) – after 5 consecutive weather scrubs.  Darting in & out of thick overhead clouds in this single long duration exposure image taken with a fisheye lens. Credit: Ken Kremer/spaceupclose.com

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TITUSVILLE, FL – Following five consecutive weather scrubs since Tuesday, Sept. 13, the heavens miraculously cleared just enough despite another poor forecast and SpaceX at last launched a veteran Falcon 9 rocket on the sixth try just past sunset Sunday evening, Sept. 18, on a mission carrying another batch of Starlink internet satellites to low Earth orbit from Florida’s Space Coast.

The payload comprised another 54 Starlink broadband internet satellites that were successfully delivered to orbit as the company continues on an unrelenting record-breaking pace aimed at completing more than 60 missions this year.

Liftoff of the 229-foot-tall (70-meter) SpaceX reused Falcon 9 booster on the mission designated Starlink 4-34 took place at 8:18 p.m. EDT, or 1311 GMT, on Sunday, September 18, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, into mostly cloudy skies during an instantaneous launch window.

Despite the iffy forecast of only 40% GO a decent crowd showed up at the good spots in Titusville

We watched from Space View Park along the Indian River Lagoon in Titusville and folks had a great show looking across the river to see NASA’s Artemis 1 SLS Moon rocket shining brightly at Launch Complex 39B still awaiting liftoff.

The ‘flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off loud and clear heading out on a northeasterly trajectory – soaring over the VAB, SLS and the Max Brewer Bridge darting in and out of thick clouds over the Kennedy Space Center with a beautiful and long water reflection in the river.

See our long duration fisheye streak shot as lead image taken by Ken Kremer for Space UpClose.

See wide angle streak shot below for comparison:

Wide Angle SpaceX Starlink Streak shot over SLS, Max Brewer Bridge, Boardwalk & Titusville! SpaceX Falcon 9 launches 6th time at 818 PM ET Sunday evening, Sept. 18, 2022 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Starlink 4-34 mission carrying 54 internet satellites to LEO. Seen from Space View Park, Titusville: Max Brewer Bridge & boardwalk (left), SLS (center right) & VAB, pad40, water reflection, boat dock (right) – after 5 consecutive weather scrubs. Darting in & out of thick overhead clouds in this single long duration exposure image. Credit: Ken Kremer/spaceupclose.com

Overall the Starlink 4-34 mission counts as SpaceX’s 42nd launch thus far in 2022.

SpaceX Falcon 9 launches 6th time at 818 PM ET Sunday evening, Sept. 18, 2022 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Starlink 4-34 mission carrying 54 internet satellites to LEO. Seen from Space View Park, Titusville, FL. After 5 consecutive weather scrubs. Credit: Ken Kremer/spaceupclose.com

The recycled Falcon 9 booster with tail number B1067 successfully launched and nailed the landing for the sixth time some eight minutes after liftoff.

The Falcon 9 first stage B1067 successfully soft landed on the ‘Just Read the Instructions’ JRTI droneship positioned about 400 mi (640 km) northeast of the Cape off the Carolina’s coast.

This Falcon 9 first stage booster previously launched two quartets of astronauts on the Crew-3 and Crew-4 missions to the International Space Station (ISS) as well as two cargo resupply flight to the ISS on the CRS-22 and CRS-25 mission as well as the Turksat 5B telecomsat mission for Turkey.

The first F9 B1067 launch took place on June, 3 2021 on NASA’s CRS-22 ISS resupply mission.

Prelaunch view of SpaceX Falcon 9 standing at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Sept. 12, for Starlink 4-34 mission carrying 54 internet satellites to LEO. Liftoff took place on Sept. 18, 2022. Credit: Ken Kremer/spaceupclose.com

The 54 refrigerator sized and 500-pound Starlinks were successfully deployed about 54 minutes after liftoff.

SpaceX has now launched over 3347 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit including prototypes and test satellites no longer in use.

The overall payload mass of the 54 flat paneled Starlink satellites was about 36,800 pounds, or 16.7 metric tons.

Overall this marked the 61st SpaceX mission dedicated to Starlink launches and the 42nd Falcon 9 and SpaceX launch this year  – as well as being the 176th Falcon 9 launch since its debut on June 4, 2010.

Starlink service is now available on all 7 continents with the addition of Antarctica:

 

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