UPDATE: Successful SpaceX Saturday Starlink satellites launch (Image Credit: Sat News)
UPDATE: On Saturday, October 21 at 1:23 a.m. PT, Falcon 9 launched 21 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
This was the 16th flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, Transporter-4, Transporter-5, Globalstar FM15, ISI EROS C-3, and now seven Starlink missions.
Following stage separation, the first stage landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX is targeting Saturday, October 21 at 10:17 p.m. ET for a Falcon 9 launch of 23 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
If needed, five backup opportunities are available starting at 11:07 p.m. ET until 2:15 a.m. ET on Sunday, October 22. Six backup opportunities are also currently available on Sunday, October 22 starting at 9:51 p.m. ET until 1:50 a.m. ET on Monday, October 23.
This is the fourth flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched ESA Euclid, Ax-2, and one Starlink mission. Following stage separation, the first stage will land on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.