Launch Spotlight: Starlink Group 4-7 – SpaceX launches 49 internet satellites

SpaceX is set to launch the Starlink Group 4-7 mission to orbit on February 3, 2022, at 2:17 p.m. EST. This mission will carry 49 Starlink satellites from LC-39A.

Launch Overview

Launch Date: February 3, 2022, 2:17 p.m. EST

Payload: 49 Starlink Satellites

Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9 (B1061-6)

Launch Pad: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Destination: Low Earth Orbit

Landing Site: A Shortfall of Gravitas, Atlantic Ocean


The Mission

SpaceX will launch a new batch of Starlink satellites to orbit. These 49 satellites are a part of the fourth shell of satellites. This launch will follow a southernly trajectory to an orbit the eastern range considers to be polar.


What is the Falcon 9?

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is the workhorse of commercial launches into Earth orbit. Nine Merlin engines power the partially reusable rocket on the first stage and a single vacuum optimized Merlin on the second stage. The Falcon 9 has launched a total of 138 times with a 98% success rate, making it a highly trusted vehicle among the commercial, scientific, and defense sectors.


The Booster

The booster supporting this launch is B1061. This will be its sixth flight.

B1061 Flight Log

  • SpaceX Crew-1
  • SpaceX Crew-2
  • SXM-8
  • CRS-23
  • IXPE

The Weather

February 3, 2022

  • 80% GO
  • Primary Concern(s):
    • Cumulus Clouds
  • Risk(s):
    • Booster Recovery Weather – Moderate

24-hour Delay

  • 70% GO
  • Primary Concern(s):
    • Cumulus Clouds
  • Risk(s):
    • All Risks Low

Last Updated: Feb. 2, 12 p.m. EST

Read the full forecast here


Where to watch?

You can find coverage of Wednesday’s launch on SpaceX’s YouTube channel. The live stream will usually go live about 15 minutes before liftoff and will offer the best views of the launch.

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