SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket in the early hours of Wednesday, carrying a payload of 23 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit. The launch took place at 12:05 a.m. EDT from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. This mission, known as Starlink 6-27, marked the 61st orbital launch from the Space Force installation and nearby Kennedy Space Center this year, setting a new annual record.
The Falcon 9 first-stage booster, which has now completed its 11th flight, landed on SpaceX’s drone ship Just Read the Instructions in the Atlantic Ocean. The increased pace of launches from Cape Canaveral has been attributed to the growing demand for satellite technology, bandwidth, and military and commercial situational awareness worldwide.
In total, SpaceX has conducted 80 launches and delivered over 1,000 metric tons into orbit this year. The company’s next launch is scheduled for Thursday, involving a NASA-SpaceX mission. A Falcon 9 rocket will launch SpaceX’s 29th commercial resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station, delivering new science investigations, food, supplies, and equipment to the international crew.
Regarding the launch schedule, there were previous rescheduling attempts on November 1st, November 5th, and November 7th. For the latest updates on the schedule, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.
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