SpaceX targets Saturday for back-to-back-to-back Falcon 9 launches

Devdiscourse News Desk | California | Updated: 30-03-2024 07:08 IST | Created: 30-03-2024 07:08 IST
SpaceX targets Saturday for back-to-back-to-back Falcon 9 launches
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SpaceX has a jam-packed schedule for Saturday, March 30, as the company is gearing up for back-to-back-to-back Falcon 9 launches from three launch pads in Florida and California.

Firstly, a Falcon 9 rocket is set to deliver the EUTELSAT 36D mission to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The launch is set to take place from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with a launch window spanning three hours and 58 minutes, opening at 5:52 p.m. ET.

This particular launch will mark the 12th journey for its first-stage booster, which has previously supported a variety of missions including CRS-26, OneWeb Launch 16, and Intelsat IS-40e, among others. Post-stage separation, the booster will land on the "Just Read the Instructions" droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The second Falcon 9 rocket will deploy 23 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The liftoff is targeted for 9:02 p.m. ET, with potential backup opportunities extending until 10:00 p.m. ET.

The first stage booster for this mission, making its 18th flight, has previously supported critical missions including Crew-3, Turksat 5B, and multiple Starlink deployments. It is planned to land on the "A Shortfall of Gravitas" droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The third and final mission of the day involves launching 22 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Targeted for a 7:30 p.m. PT liftoff, this launch has backup opportunities running until 11:30 p.m. PT, with additional chances on Sunday, March 31.

The booster supporting this particular launch, going for its 15th flight, has previously launched NROL-87, NROL-85, SARah-1, SWOT, Transporter-8, Transporter-9, and eight Starlink missions. Its post-launch landing is scheduled on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX will provide live webcasts for each mission via X @SpaceX, commencing approximately 15 minutes before the lift-off.

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