Another day, another Starlink launch.
a SpaceX The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Wednesday (August 31) at 1:40 a.m. EDT (0540 GMT; 10:40 p.m. California local time), with 46 company personnel aboard. starlink Internet satellites into orbit.
About 8.5 minutes after take-off, in two stages Falcon 9The first stage came for a precision landing on SpaceX’s robotic drone Of Course I Still Love You, which was stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
This was the seventh launch and landing of the first stage of the Falcon 9, SpaceX wrote in a Job description (Opens in a new tab).
The upper stage of the rocket continued to fly into low Earth orbit. It will deploy 46 Starlink satellites a little over an hour after launch, if all goes according to plan.
SpaceX has already launched more than 3,000 satellites for Starlink, a giant internet constellation that broadcasts broadband service to customers around the world. Several of those spacecraft have boarded this year; So far in 2022, SpaceX has launched 25 Starlink custom missions.
Starlink makes up the majority of SpaceX’s launch traffic these days; The company has now conducted a total of 39 orbital missions this year so far.
The development giant will continue to grow, both in number and ambition. SpaceX has permission to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites, and has applied for approval from an international regulator to raise an additional 30,000 satellites on top of that.
And last week, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk It announced plans to send connectivity directly to smartphones using Starlink. This project, a joint effort between SpaceX and T-Mobile called Cover up and beyondIt will use the Starlink Version 2, a heavier and more capable spacecraft that is expected to begin launching next year.
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