Space X Launches Starlink Satellites from Vandenberg

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Space X launched Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Monday night.

At 8:55 p.m., 51 satellites launched from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E). This was the tenth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched the Telstar 18 VANTAGE, Iridium-8, and seven Starlink missions.

Starlink is SpaceX's high-speed broadband satellite internet service intended to reach rural and remote communities.

The next launch at the base is currently scheduled for September 23. United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket will launch NASA's Landsat 9 satellite into orbit.

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John Wiley Sep 15, 2021 04:10 PM
Space X Launches Starlink Satellites from Vandenberg

This launch is unusual, both for being a VAFB Starlink launch for polar orbit, and being the first with laser-equipped Starlink sats. The lasers give them high-speed links to others in the constellation, to reduce the number of ground stations needed for global coverage and use the fastest route to reduce latency (signal delay). They've launched 1,791 already, and the rocket used has now flown 10 times, and may go for 11. What will the night sky look like once SpaceX has 12,000 of these things up there? Maybe lots of moving "stars" with the occasional fireworks of a collision? Perhaps the occasional piece of space junk landing in your yard?

a-1631749846 Sep 15, 2021 04:50 PM
Space X Launches Starlink Satellites from Vandenberg

Internet on a dead planet? About 400 metric tons of kerosene per launch (CO2 your car emits in 200 years, or a 747 puts out 1-way across the Atlantic), plus a load of soot all the way into space. Multiplied by a thousand per year in the near future, according to L.A.Times.

macpuzl Sep 15, 2021 04:26 PM
Space X Launches Starlink Satellites from Vandenberg

Collisions would more likely result in a catastrophic Kessler Syndrome event. When the Musk, Bezos, and other proposed mega-constellations are all up, it's estimated that the night sky brightness will be increased by about 5% worldwide.

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