Starlink 4-17 and 12th Reflight of a Booster [Live: 06.05.2022, UTC 09:42]

Update on the first aerial capture of a rocket booster by Rocket Lab:

Tweet by CEO and founder Peter Beck:

Tim Dodd explains the different configurations to make rocket engines create thrust:

Rocket engine cycles: How do you power a rocket engine?

Starlink 4-17

SpaceX is launching 53 additional Satellites for their own Starlink Constellation.

This is the fourteenth batch of satellites for the 4th layer of the constellation. Shell 4 is in a 540km circular low-Earth orbit. These satellites are equiped with laser links.

The booster is a Block 5 and will land on a drone ship. This is the second time a booster will be reflown for the 12th time.

The mission to low earth orbit will launch from Kennedy Space Canter, Florida.

Weather is 90% go according to the 45th Weather Squadron.


  • Payload mass is approximately 16 tonnes
  • 53 Starlink Satellites

Check your local time of launch at:

Where to watch:

Background information about previous SpaceX launches: Wikipedia

Scott Manley: SpaceX's 'Wet' Fleet 2021

Why SpaceX is Making Starlink - Real Engineering: Youtube

Ellie in Space: Does SpaceX's Starlink have a first mover advantage against competitors like Amazon?

MikeOnSpace: OFFICIAL Starlink SPEED TEST results and SPACE LASERS - details on the Private Beta and Public Beta

Mark Handley: Using ground relays with Starlink

MikeOnSpace: Amazon KUIPER vs SpaceX STARLINK - Another heavyweight enters the race for Global Satellite Internet

Ben Sullins: Starlink Could Change EVERYTHING!

LTT: Gaming on STARLINK!!

Now You Know: We Test Elon’s $99 Mobile Internet | In Depth

Mediocre Coffee: Starlink vs. Telus: My Experience in Rural Alberta

Scott Manley: Graveyard Orbits Where Old Satellites Are Forgotten

Useful links to stay up to date on launches: Launch Schedule

Everyday Astronaut: Prelaunch Previews

Space News:

NASA Spaceflight

TMRO: YouTube

Track Starlink satellites:


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