SpaceX Starlink Group 6-5 Launch

SpaceX plans to launch 22 Starlink V2 mini satellites into Generation 2 Group 6 on 2023-07-10 at a time which is unclear (see comments below). The launch will be from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The first stage booster, B1058, will be making its sixteenth flight, after a turnaround time of 204 days since its last mission. If recovered successfully, this booster will become the fleet leader with the most launches and landings. The operational orbit will be 530 km circular at 43°.

This will be the fifth launch of Starlink v2.0 satellites, using the “Bus F9-2” configuration, also called “V2 mini”, with satellites of 800 kg and 4.1×2.7 metres size, able to fit in the Falcon 9 payload fairing, but with only 22 per launch. This is a scaled down version of the 2000 kg v2.0 Bus Starship version designed to be launched by Starship, but is said to provide three to four times the bandwidth per satellite of the operational v1.0 and v1.5 satellites.


SpaceX have rescheduled this launch for 2023-07-10 with three launch opportunities at 00:36, 01:27, and 02:17 UTC (all on the evening of July 9th in Western hemisphere time zones). According to SpaceX’s page on the launch, the earliest time is the prime opportunity. However, the YouTube place-holder for the live Webcast indicates that it will start at 03:30 UTC on 2023-07-10, which is incompatible with any of the listed opportunities. Until and unless one or both of these is updated to clarify the confusion, it isn’t clear what time the launch will go. SpaceX’s Twitter feed is silent on the issue. (Update as of 2023-07-09 15:20 UTC.)


According to the SpaceX Web site, the definitive time for the launch is now 2023-07-10 at 03:58 UTC. Both the announcement of the flight and YouTube Webcast information now agree on this date and time.

We shall see.

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