Starlink 4-18 (Falcon 9)
18 May 2022
Launch Complex 39A
Kennedy Space Center

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 53 Starlink satellites into orbit from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center at 6:59 a.m. on 18 May 2022. After stage separation the Falcon 9's first stage landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

This is the fifth flight for the Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Arabsat-6A, STP-2, COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2, and now two Starlink missions.

Long distance views of the launch as seen through hazy early morning skies in Vero Beach, Florida.
Launch Complex-39A at Kennedy Space the day after the launch of the Starlink 4-18 mission. Note the Transporter-Erector (TE) has been lowered to the horizontal position and awaits being moved back on rails into the SpaceX building to be fitted with another rocket.
A wider view shows the pad and the large white processing building for Falcon 9 rockets.
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