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    StarLink v1.0 is heavier than Starlink v0.9

    v0.9: 230kg
    v1.0: 260kg

    + Krypton for the thrusters

    Date: November 11
    Time: 0956 EST (1456 GMT)

    Backup date: November 12
    Time: 0934 EST (1434 GMT)

    Stage recovery: ASDS (OCISLY)
    Fairing recovery: T+45 min (Ms Tree, Ms Chief)

    Deployment altitude: 280km

    From the press kit

    Since the most recent launch of Starlink satellites in May, SpaceX has increased spectrum capacity for the end-user through upgrades in design that maximize the use of both Ka and Ku bands. Additionally, components of each satellite are 100% demisable and will quickly burn up in Earths atmosphere at the end of their life cyclea measure that exceeds all current safety standards.
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    60 more Starlink LEO commsats

    Launch date: December 30, 2019
    Launch time: 2340 pm EST (0440 UTC, Dec. 31)

    Booster: ?? (B1048.5?)
    Pad: LC-40
    Recovery: ASDS Of Course I Still Love You

    Satellite version: v1.0
    Deployment orbit: 280km
    Operational orbit: 550km
    Frequencies: Ku & Ka bands

    Note: testing at least one with an experimental coating to mitigate their brightness. Tests will measure net albedo and the thermal effects on the satellite.
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    FCC Starlink approvals just keep coming. It's almost as if govt. agencies need it for something...

    https://spacenews.com/spacex-gets-ok...arlink-orbits/

    SpaceX gets OK to re-space Starlink orbits

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved SpaceX's request to increase the number of lanes its Starlink satellites can orbit, a modification the company said would accelerate service rollout across the United States.

    The FCC said SpaceX can field satellites in 72 rings around the Earth at 550 kilometers - three times as many as the commission approved in April.
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    In August, SpaceX told the FCC that by tripling the number of lanes for those first Starlink satellites, it could build out enough coverage to offer internet access in southern states by the 2020 hurricane season.
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    SpaceX is building out Starlink from the poles, with coverage expanding towards the equator as more satellites get launched.
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    SpaceX said the Starlink orbit modifications could cut the number of Starlink launches necessary by up to 50%. Under the revised plans, each of the 72 orbital rings will have 22 satellites instead of 66, meaning a single Falcon 9 launch can now populate approximately three rings. The company has been launching 60 satellites at a time on its Falcon 9 rockets. The next Starlink mission, and SpaceXs last launch of the year, is planned for late December.
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    Starlink 2 moves right due to the holiday (expected)

    Date: January 3 (January 4 UT)
    Time: 2223 EST (0323 UT)
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    Raul @raul74cz
    Issued NOTMAR Launch Hazard Areas of #SpaceX #Starlink v1.0-L2 mission. Droneship landing 629km downrange. Fairing capture attempt approx.730km downrange.. as previous Starlink launch. Stage2 Reentry Debris Area south of Australia on the second orbit.
    https://t.co/1SaD65jIwk
    https://t.co/AzMxkcap1R

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    https://twitter.com/raul74cz/status/1209179884054036480
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    https://spacenews.com/45th-space-win...s-space-force/

    45th Space Wing prepares for first launch under the U.S. Space Force

    WASHINGTON — The SpaceX launch of Starlink satellites scheduled for Jan. 6 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Florida Space Coast will be the first launch of 2020 and also the 45th Space Wing’s inaugural launch as part of the U.S. Space Force.

    The 45th Space Wing, headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., oversees the preparation and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral and operates the Eastern Range. It is one of five Air Force space wings that have been assigned to the U.S. Space Force effective Dec. 20,...
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    StarLink 2

    First mission controlled by 45th Space Wing under the new US Space Force

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    @spacexfleet
    LAUNCH DAY

    Of Course I Still Love You is in position ~621km downrange. GO Ms. Tree and GO Navigator are in position ~732km downrange to recover the fairing.

    https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/stat...36287521177601
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    StarLink 2 launch successful, StarLink 3 in 2-3 weeks.
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    Eric Berger @SciGuySpace (Ars Technica)

    With tonight's launch, SpaceX:

    Becomes world's largest satellite operator.

    • Surges far ahead of LEO satellite ISP competitors.

    • Exacerbates concerns of astronomers.

    • Takes another step toward funding Mars plans.

    https://t.co/dOAMMCDjWQ

    https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/stat...86945770864640
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    Basic service start,

    @tobyliiiiiiiiii
    How many more starlink launches until it's operational for Canada and Northern US?
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    At least 4

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1214481860459237377
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    Anner J. Bonilla of HW 2.5
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    When can we hear more about the starlink terminals?
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    Elon Musk @elonmusk
    Looks like a thin, flat, round UFO on a stick. Starlink Terminal has motors to self-adjust optimal angle to view sky. Instructions are simply:
    - Plug in socket
    - Point at sky
    These instructions work in either order. No training required

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1214548764054216704
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    2 days after the In-Flight Abort from LC-39A.

    They're setting a helluva tempo...

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    SpaceX plans to launch its next group of Starlink broadband satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket as soon as Monday, Jan. 20, from Cape Canaveral, two days after a Falcon 9 launch from a neighboring pad Saturday. https://t.co/EvBhShLx4Dhttps://t.co/A0gG64ARUO

    https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/s...67873703129088
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    Time: 1220 Eastern (1720 UT)
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    StarLink 3

    SpaceX ✔ @SpaceX
    Now targeting January 24 at 10:54 a.m. EST, 15:54 UTC, for launch of 60 Starlink satellites; team is continuing to monitor weather in the recovery area

    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1219723537952296960
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