SpaceX's 31st Launch Mission in 2022, and the company's 51st dedicated Starlink mission
July 17, 2022, A SpaceX Falcon 9 FT rocket topped 53 of SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites lifted off at 10:20 a.m. EDT (1420 UTC) on Sunday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
It was the 13th launch for this Falcon 9's first stage "B1051", tying a rocket reuse record that SpaceX set last month and matched just 10 days ago. The booster also helped loft SpaceX's Demo-2 crewed test flight to the International Space Station, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, the SXM-7 communications satellite and nine Starlink missions.
The Launch of Falcon 9 / Starlink G4-22 performed flawlessly, 8.5 minutes after liftoff, it came down for a propulsive vertical landing on the SpaceX droneship Just Read the Instructions, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.
The fairing halves that protected the satellites on their ride to orbit made their third flight today, marking the 50th SpaceX mission to use reflown fairing halves, according to the company's mission broadcast. The fairings were also destined to be fished out by "SpaceX's Doug" from the Atlantic Ocean for use on a future mission.
The 53 Starlink satellites deployed from the Falcon 9's upper stage about seven minutes later, at 15.5 minutes after liftoff, bringing up more than 2,800 starlink satellites in orbit.
LAUNCH, LANDING AND RELEASE OF PAYLOAD
All approximate times
00:01:12 Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
00:02:28 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
00:02:32 1st and 2nd stages separate
00:02:39 2nd stage engine starts
00:02:43 Fairing deployment
00:06:50 1st stage entry burn start
00:07:09 1st stage entry burn complete
00:08:26 1st stage landing burn start
00:08:47 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-1)
00:08:48 1st stage landing
00:15:28 Starlink satellites deploy