TWIRL 111: SpaceX dominates flight schedule with Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches


Paul Hill


Apr 22, 2023 15:54 EDT

TWIRL logo in front of Falcon Heavy Boosters

We have three launches coming up next week, two Falcon 9 launches planned and a Falcon Heavy launch. Each launch can be viewed by visiting the SpaceX website. You can find out the details of each of these missions below. Also, be sure to check out the recap section for launches you may have missed this week.

Tuesday, April 25

  • We have the first launch next week a Falcon 9 from SpaceX. It will be a run of the mill. Starlink satellite launch To help promote the broadband satellite constellation. There is a bit of confusion about the number of satellites to be sent on this mission, but it could be 46 satellites. Like other Starlink satellites, these will be coated with anti-reflective coatings to reduce obstruction to astronomers. Mission will do. Launch between 1:02 pm and 2:48 pm UTC. From Vandenberg AFB in California. But will be seen. SpaceX website.

Wednesday, April 26

  • The day after the Falcon 9 launch, SpaceX Will send one Falcon Heavy By taking ViaSat 3 America, Arcturus, and G-Space 1 communications satellites In orbit, the Falcon Heavy is a derivative of the Falcon 9 but has two side boosters to make it a bit more interesting to watch. Apparently, all boosters and center cores will be expended in this mission. Once in orbit, ViaSat 3 will provide broadband services. will be launched. 11:29 pm UTC And the launch window will be open for one hour. will take off from Florida To view the launch at this time, head to the bus. SpaceX website.

Friday, April 28

  • Finally, we have one more SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. But the mission will depart. 9:12 PM UTC The carriers Two O3b mPOWER broadband satellites For SES in medium Earth orbit. This will also be the mission. Streamed by SpaceX.


  • The first launch we got was last week. Long March 4B Care of FengYun-3G satellite From Juiquan Satellite Launch Center in China. The satellite will provide services for weather forecasting, disaster prevention and mitigation, climate change response, and environmental protection.

  • Next we saw a launch Falcon 9 The carriers 21 Starlink satellites In low earth orbit.

  • The third launch was the big launch of the week which you may have already seen, SpaceX launches Starship atop a superheavy booster. If you haven’t seen the launch yet, keep your eyes peeled for a great shot of the thrusters below as the rocket takes off.

  • The last launch was one. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) From India. It was carrying. TeLEOS-2 and Lumelite-4 satellites.

That’s all we have for you this week, be sure to check in next time!

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