On a 52 degree Fahrenheit space coast morning SpaceX Starlink Falcon 9 Starlink V1.0 #16 was poised for liftoff as the skies changed from red to orange and finally blue just after dawn at 8:02 AM EST or 13:02 UTC Cape Canaveral Florida on January20th 2021.
First stage booster B-1051.8 flew and re-landed foe the 8th time on the autonomous drone ship JRTI Just Read The Instructions down range in the Atlantic ocean.
Jessie Anderson a lead manufacturing engineer at SpaceX called this fleet leading booster the “life leader” during the SpaceX launch broadcast.
This also makes the 72 successful Falcon 9 booster landing for SpaceX once again increasing their corporate goal of re-useability.
60 Starlink satellites were released making for a total of over 1,015 satellites in the current constellation as SpaceX & Elon Musk are beginning to sell subscriptions for this network of satellites in England.
Article & Photo Credit: Scott Schilke for spacenews.lu and space-news.es