Falcon 9 Misses Landing After Successful Starlink Mission

SpaceX lost a Falcon 9 booster Monday when it failed to land after successfully delivering a load of 60 Starlink satellites.

SpaceX has not disclosed the cause of the failed landing. The livestream showed a flash near the drone ship, but the rocket was never seen on camera. It’s suspected the rocket landed in the ocean. 

The rocket lost had served the company well, flying for six missions in total. 

SpaceX planned to follow up Monday’s mission from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station with another flight for Starlink today, however that mission has been postponed.

The next mission will mark the 20th batch of broadband-beaming Starlink satellites that SpaceX has launched into orbit. There are now more than 1,000 satellites and SpaceX has FCC approval for more than 2,000.

Starlink is currently operational in some locations and SpaceX has been doing testing with a variety of groups including emergency responders and school districts. 

Check out the livestream above.

Grendal

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Is the date still firm for this launch? I cant find the 45TH WEATHER SQUADRON weather announcement for this anymore.

I haven't seen a weather report for the 13th either. I'll post it when it's comes out. The rocket is vertical on the pad right now. Which means there is likely a static fire imminent.
 

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NOTAM for the launch. It indicates a one day slip.
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So primary mission looks good. Little bit of doubt in announcer's voice about the re-entry burn - looked like the engine kept firing, or it blew out. And indeed, sure enough, first stage not recovered. RIP B1059
 
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MyJoule

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I too noticed the flames continuing when it should have stopped. We are so accustomed to success - it's hard to remember this is rocket science and it's hard. RIP B1059.. Hope the rest of the mission is successful
 
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Wikipedia sure is trippy. I looked up the list of all F9 cores (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_first-stage_boosters) trying to figure out which cores are left, and it showed B1049 as launching February 17, 2021 (correct) but that it was lost in landing attempt (??). I refreshed a couple of minutes later and it now shows as awaiting launch with a planned landing attempt.

Hopefully the first time I looked wasn't s simple time machine wormhole mistake.
 
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arnolddeleon

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Wikipedia sure is trippy. I looked up the list of all F9 cores (List of Falcon 9 first-stage boosters - Wikipedia) trying to figure out which cores are left, and it showed B1049 as launching February 17, 2021 (correct) but that it was lost in landing attempt (??). I refreshed a couple of minutes later and it now shows as awaiting launch with a planned landing attempt.

Hopefully the first time I looked wasn't s simple time machine wormhole mistake.

B1059 instead of B1049?
 

Grendal

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Did those birds come all the way from port on the ASDS? It was hundreds of miles out in the ocean. If they were kicked off from the landing it would be a long journey back to land. I suppose that after the landing was done they could head back and continue to use the ASDS as a moving base of operations though..