SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit on Friday evening. The liftoff took place at 10 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
This mission marks the 10th flight for the first stage booster, which has previously supported various missions such as CRS-24, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13F, OneWeb 1, SES-18 and SES-19, and five previous Starlink missions.
After stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket made a successful landing on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation aims to provide global broadband internet coverage. These satellites are placed in low-Earth orbit to enable faster and more reliable internet connectivity around the world.
The Falcon 9 rocket used for this mission incorporates reusable technology, allowing SpaceX to recover and refurbish the first stage boosters for future launches. This approach significantly reduces the cost of space missions and makes space more accessible.
SpaceX has been steadily launching Starlink satellites to build its mega-constellation. The company has already deployed thousands of satellites, with plans for many more in the future. The goal is to create a network of satellites capable of providing high-speed internet to even the most remote areas of the planet.
The successful launch and landing of this Falcon 9 rocket represents another step towards achieving SpaceX’s goal of establishing a global satellite internet network.