After a scrubbed attempt on March 15, SpaceX launched its fifth Starlink mission on March 18, 2020 at 8:16 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
This mission launched the fifth batch of operational Starlink satellites, which are version 1.0, from LC-39A, KSC. It was the sixth Starlink launch overall. The satellites were delivered to low Earth orbit and will spend a few weeks maneuvering to their operational altitude of 550 km. It was the first 5th flight of a booster, and the second reuse of a payload fairing. Falcon 9 experienced an engine anomaly just before main engine cut off resulting in an early shutdown of that engine, and a therefore longer first stage burn. The booster for this mission was intended to land on OCISLY, however telemetry was lost after completion of the reentry burn and the booster did not make it back. Two fairing halves were recovered from the water after a dual catch attempt.
Day 1 photos taken from Canaveral National Seashore, a distance of about 4 miles and day 2 was about 7 miles.
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