SpaceX successfully launched 23 Starlink internet satellites from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch was the first of two planned Starlink missions over the weekend.
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 12:05 a.m. EST and the first stage of the rocket came back to Earth for a vertical landing on the droneship Just Read the Instructions in the Atlantic Ocean. This marked the 11th successful landing for this specific rocket’s first stage.
The 23 Starlink satellites will be deployed into low Earth orbit approximately 65.5 minutes after liftoff.
In addition to this mission, SpaceX plans to launch 22 more broadband satellites from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base on Sunday. This launch is scheduled for 1:55 a.m. EST.
There is also another significant event happening this weekend for SpaceX. They are planning to conduct the second-ever test flight of the Starship rocket from their South Texas site. This test flight is set to take place within a 20-minute window starting at 8 a.m. EST.
Overall, SpaceX is making great progress with its Starlink satellite constellation, which aims to provide global broadband coverage. These launches are contributing to the growth of the network and bringing us closer to a future with reliable and accessible internet connectivity from space.