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2021-01-18 9:38:58 AM  
Starlink-17
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Starlink-17 mission on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 1:23 PM (UTC). Check back here to watch the live coverage (if available).
 
2021-01-18 9:42:22 AM  
Over at Space.com:

"This year SpaceX ... plans to launch 40 rockets between its California and Florida launch sites.

Falcon 9's first stage is expected to land on SpaceX's drone ship, "Just Read the Instructions" in the Atlantic Ocean. (SpaceX's main drone ship, "Of Course I Still Love You," is undergoing maintenance before it returns to service following a busy year.) If successful, the landing will mark the 72nd recovery of a first stage booster for the California-based rocket manufacturer. "
 
2021-01-20 7:47:15 AM  
EIGHTH flight for this booster.

Turnaround time of what, 38 days since its most recent flight.

Damn!
 
2021-01-20 7:53:29 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: EIGHTH flight for this booster.

Turnaround time of what, 38 days since its most recent flight.

Damn!


(Previous quick turnaround record was 51 days.)
 
2021-01-20 7:54:44 AM  
Winds at the landing zone are high enough that they are calling this an "envelope expanding" attempt.

Fingers crossed...
 
2021-01-20 7:55:32 AM  
New promo for Starlink.
 
2021-01-20 8:00:31 AM  
Now, THIS is great fireworks for the Inauguration!
 
2021-01-20 8:00:32 AM  
T-2:00
 
2021-01-20 8:05:18 AM  
Clean sep
 
2021-01-20 8:05:21 AM  
Stage Sep is good.
 
2021-01-20 8:06:01 AM  
Fairing Deploy.
 
2021-01-20 8:08:25 AM  
Second stage is nominal.
 
2021-01-20 8:09:16 AM  
Entry burn is good.
 
2021-01-20 8:10:52 AM  
And, for the EIGHTH time, they STICK the Landing!
 
2021-01-20 8:11:13 AM  
FARKING BULLSEYE
 
2021-01-20 8:12:10 AM  
How about that. Amazing.
 
2021-01-20 8:12:38 AM  
SpaceX landing on my laptop, Trump getting ready to leave the White House for the last time on my TV.

It's a good morning.
 
2021-01-20 8:14:18 AM  
Ho hum.  Another successful launch of a reused booster and on target landing.  About as interesting at this point as drying paint. Don't know why anyone would get up to watch one of these.

/It will never not be boring.
 
2021-01-20 8:16:19 AM  
Here's the updated list of successful SpaceX Missions. I've realigned the dates and order for upcoming flights.

Year  # flown  Milestones
2006 - 1 - Falcon 1
2007 - 1
2008 - 2
2009 - 1
2010 - 2 - First Falcon 9, June 4, 2010
2011 - 0
2012 - 2 - First private spaceship (Dragon) to visit ISS
2013 - 3 - Falcon 9 v1.1
2014 - 6
2015 - 6 - Falcon 9 'Full Thrust' and first booster landing
2016 - 8
2017 - 18 - First Launch and Recovery of a reused booster / Dragon
2018 - 21 - First Falcon Heavy, First F9 Block 5, First booster with 3 flights
2019 - 13 - Successful Crew Dragon Demo 1; 1st Paying Falcon Heavy; Starlink; 1 F9 flies 4 times
2020 - 26 - 7 flights on one Falcon 9; Crew Dragon Certified; Starship test flights; Starlink Beta Opens

2021:

1    01/07/2021    Falcon 9 - Turksat 5A
2    01/20/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 16 - Eighth flight for this F9 booster

Upcoming Flights:

01/22/2021    Falcon 9 - Transporter 1
01/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 17
02/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 18
02/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Starlink 19
03/30/2021    Falcon 9 - CREW 2
??/??/2021    Falcon Heavy - USSF 44
05/??/2021    Falcon 9 - CRS 22
06/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Turksat 5 B
09/??/2021    Falcon 9 - Worldview Legion 1 & 2

(from http://www.spacex.com/missions and https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-sche​dule/)
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of​_Falcon_9_and_Falcon_Heavy_launches)
 
2021-01-20 8:16:40 AM  
It was a beautiful morning launch.
 
2021-01-20 9:14:02 AM  
Payload deployed.  It just feels like SpaceX is light years ahead of anyone else in the space game right now.  They have one hell of a year.
 
2021-01-20 9:30:26 AM  

FrancoFile: Winds at the landing zone are high enough that they are calling this an "envelope expanding" attempt.

Fingers crossed...


And bullseye. Delicious. :)
 
2021-01-20 10:05:29 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: /It will never not be boring.


No, that's his other company.
 
2021-01-20 10:16:22 AM  
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Money shot!
 
2021-01-20 10:18:09 AM  
Frigging awesome.
 
2021-01-20 1:49:59 PM  
Interesting commentary on Starlink's capabilities in the early parts of the feed.  Check out 11:50 in the youtube video:
https://youtu.be/84Nct_Q9Lqw?t=710
Short version - they used to get ~3 Mbps, now they are getting 130 Mbps.  And the link was set up in ~15 minutes.
 
2021-01-21 5:21:58 AM  
Envelope expanded
 
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