SpaceX successfully launched another batch of Starlink internet satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 11:38 p.m. EDT, marking the 51st launch from Florida’s Space Coast this year. The first stage booster, on its 17th flight, aimed to land on a drone ship near the Bahamas.
This mission, known as Starlink 6-18, brings the total number of Starlink satellites launched since 2019 to over 5,100. SpaceX has been conducting routine Starlink launches at a frequency of almost twice a week, rapidly expanding its service worldwide. The company now offers its internet service on every continent, catering to government, residential, and commercial customers.
In the near future, SpaceX plans to make its service available to mobile users, enabling them to send text messages through a program called “Coverage Above & Beyond.” This will be made possible through a partnership with cellular service provider T-Mobile.
While the date of the next Starlink launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station has not been announced yet, preparations are underway for another significant launch at nearby Kennedy Space Center. A triple-core SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is being readied for liftoff in early October. The payload for this mission is NASA’s Psyche spacecraft, which will study a metal-rich asteroid located between Mars and Jupiter. The interplanetary mission is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5.
SpaceX continues to play a crucial role in the space industry, with its frequent launches and expanding satellite constellation.