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SpaceX Launches 47 Starlink Satellites

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
March 3, 2022
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Falcon 9 lifts off with Starlink satellites. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — On Thursday, March 3 at 9:25 a.m. EST, SpaceX launched 47 Starlink broadband satellites from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was SpaceX’s 9th Falcon 9 launch of 2022.

SpaceX has launched a total of 2,187 Starlink satellites since February 2018.

This was the 11th flight for the Falcon 9 first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched GPS III-3, Turksat-5A, Transporter 2, and now eight Starlink missions.

3 responses to “SpaceX Launches 47 Starlink Satellites”

  1. ThomasLMatula says:

    Congratulations, another successful launch, another booster is reused for the 11th time.

  2. gunsandrockets says:

    Just beginning to watch the SpaceX webcast of the launch. That jaunty musical intro that each SpaceX webcast opens with, makes me think of the contrast with Blue Origin presentations.

    I really love the music that Blue Origin used for the promotional animations of their Blue Moon and HLS lunar landers. Slowly building, very dramatic, very inspiring.

    But that contrast…

    The SpaceX intro music is upbeat, frenetic, with quick video cuts of actual SpaceX hardware in flight, doing things in real life. I can’t think of better examples that seems to condense the contrasting corporate cultures of SpaceX vs that of Blue Origin.

    $L$ delenda est

    • duheagle says:

      Dueling soundtracks. You are quite right about them being good musical shorthand for the radically different corporate cultures of SpaceX and Blue Origin. The SpaceX webcast opener is kinetic and full of the faces of people having fun as they advance space technology at flank speed and of the real-life fruits of their efforts. The National Team promo vid has no people in it at all and no footage of real hardware. Just a pretentious and very Gradatim score behind 100% CGI that looks like a low-rent Kubrick knock-off.

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