SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 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, was 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 been used 11 times, landed on SpaceX’s drone ship Just Read the Instructions in the Atlantic Ocean. The increase in launches from the Cape has been driven by the demand for satellite technology, bandwidth, and situational awareness by both the military and commercial sectors.
SpaceX has conducted a total of 80 launches this year, delivering over 1,000 metric tons into orbit. In an upcoming launch, SpaceX will collaborate with NASA on a mission to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 rocket will launch SpaceX’s 29th commercial resupply mission for NASA, delivering new science investigations, food, supplies, and equipment to the international crew.
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