Another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, carrying 22 Starlink internet satellites into low-Earth orbit. The rocket took flight at 11:38 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 40. It was originally scheduled for launch the previous day but was postponed.
The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed on the Just Read the Instructions drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 8½ minutes after liftoff. This marks the fifth flight for the first-stage booster, which had previously been used for launches with Crew-6, SES O3b mPOWER, and two Starlink missions.
The launch of the Starlink 6-16 mission on Friday night was the 49th launch from the Space Coast this year. SpaceX is expected to carry out more Starlink missions in the near future from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, although no specific date has been announced for the next mission. For updates on the launch schedule, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.
SpaceX is continually working to bring reliable and affordable internet access to people around the world through its Starlink constellation. The company plans to deploy thousands of satellites in low-Earth orbit to create a global network coverage. These satellites will provide high-speed, low-latency internet connectivity to even remote and underserved areas.
With each successful launch and landing, SpaceX continues to advance its goal of revolutionizing the space industry. The reusable rocket technology developed by SpaceX enables cost-effective and sustainable space exploration. It also paves the way for future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.