On Tuesday, July 18, 2020 at 10:31 a.m. EDT (local time), SpaceX launched its tenth Starlink mission, which includes 58 Starlink satellites and 3 Planet SkySat satellites belonging to a third-party customer. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the 39A (LC-39A) launch complex at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket had already supported the first Crew Dragon demonstration mission to the International Space Station, the launch of the RADARSAT Constellation mission, and the fourth and seventh Starlink missions. After the separation of the stages, SpaceX landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 on the droneship barge "Of Course I Still Love You", which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Another feat was the recovery of the two rocket caps from the nets of the boats provided for this purpose.
The three Planet SkySat satellites were deployed sequentially 13 minutes after liftoff, and the Starlink satellites were deployed approximately 46 minutes 26 seconds after liftoff. The Starlink satellites were deployed in a circular orbit, as was done for Starlink missions 1 to 4. In addition, all of the Starlink satellites on this flight are equipped with a deployable visor to prevent sunlight from hitting the brightest points on the spacecraft. This is a measure that SpaceX has taken as part of its work with major astronomy groups to mitigate the reflectivity of the satellites.
Reviewing the launch of the Falcon 9 Starlink Mission-10 :
William Mahe (WM), books and news author, passionate about the Universe, Science and technologies, university graduate from the Paris - Meudon Observatory in Astronomy and Celestial Mechanic. President of the SPETspace STEAM Society and Publishing Director of the SPETspace News. He is also a Harley Davidson and Honda motorcycles lover.