Starlink 1 (Falcon 9)
11 November 2019
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on 11 November 2019 at 9:56 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SpaceX is developing a low latency, global broadband internet system enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites called Starlink.

Falcon 9’s first stage supported the Iridium-7, SAOCOM-1A, and Nusantara Satu missions, and the fairing was previously flown on Falcon Heavy’s Arabsat- 6A mission earlier this year.

Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 8 minutes after liftoff.

The Starlink satellites will deploy at an altitude of 280 km. Prior to orbit raise, SpaceX engineers will conduct data reviews to ensure all Starlink satellites are operating as intended. Once the checkouts are complete, the satellites will then use their onboard ion thrusters to move into their intended orbits.

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