SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket on the Starlink mission 6-28 from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch took place at 12:05 a.m. EST on Saturday, November 18, 2023.
Due to low cloud cover and high humidity of approximately 95%, the rocket was not visible from Cocoa Beach. However, the glow in the clouds was evident from the city lights, and the sound of the rocket could be heard despite not being seen.
The Falcon 9 rocket is carrying a batch of Starlink satellites. This mission aims to expand SpaceX’s satellite internet constellation, which is designed to provide global internet coverage. The Starlink network utilizes a constellation of small satellites in low Earth orbit to beam internet connectivity down to users on the ground.
SpaceX has been steadily deploying Starlink satellites in previous missions, with the goal of achieving global coverage. With each launch, the number of satellites in orbit increases, contributing to a growing mesh of interconnected satellites.
The successful launch of the Starlink 6-28 mission brings SpaceX closer to its vision of providing affordable and reliable internet access to underserved areas around the world. The company aims to bridge the digital divide by offering high-speed connectivity to remote and rural regions, where traditional infrastructure may be limited or nonexistent.
As SpaceX continues to launch more Starlink missions, the satellite constellation will become more robust, ensuring better coverage and connectivity for users across the globe. The deployment of these satellites is a significant step forward in revolutionizing global internet access and providing opportunities for millions of people to connect and access information online.