On Sunday December 13th 2020 at 12:30 PM EST or 17:30 UTC SpaceX successfully launched and deployed the SiriusXM SXM-7 satellite just 31 minutes 39 seconds after launch from Cape Canaveral Florida. This marks the 30th launch (ULA & SpaceX) in 2020 from Cape Canaveral with one more to go before the end of the year arrives.
Another SpaceX milestone occurred with first stage booster B-1051.7 completing it’s seventh flight to outer space and a pin point landing back on the autonomous drone ship JRTI Just Read The Instructions down range in the Atlantic ocean.This is only the second booster in the SpaceX fleet to now have flown and landed seven times.
B-1051.7 flew on the Demo-1 flight, RadarSat Constellation mission, 4 different Starlink missions and now SiriusXM SXM-7. Both payload fairing were also flown on the AnasisII mission on July 2020.
During the flight Max Q (Maximum Dynamic Load) on the vehicle occurs one minute 12 seconds into flight. The first and second stages separate at two minutes 37 seconds after liftoff. First stage B-1051.7 landed on the drone ship eight minutes 29 seconds into the flight.
The Sirius SXM-7 satellite is 27 feet tall and weighs 15,000 pounds. The satellite will now use it’s own on board thrusters to propel itself to a higher orbit about 12.500 miles above the earth for beaming the Sirius XM radio signal back to its users.
According to SpaceX.com/missions this marks the 106th total launch, 69 total landings and 48 re flown rockets to date.
Article and Photo Credit: Scott Schilke spacenews.lu