SpaceX relaunches around 50 Starlink satellites

A SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket took off at 4:20 p.m. HB from Cape Canaveral in Florida (southeast of the United States), with 53 Starlink satellites on board, each weighing around 260 kg.

The first stage returned to Earth about nine minutes later and landed on the platform Just Read The Instructions which was sailing off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean.

It was the thirteenth flight for this stage, which constitutes a record – before a probable final launch -, according to the specialized site space.com.

About a quarter of an hour after liftoff, the second stage of the Falcon-9 rocket released 53 satellites from the constellation being deployed to provide high-speed Internet service anywhere on the planet – but especially in areas the less densely populated without internet access.

According to Starlink, 858 of these craft have already been launched. To achieve its commercial objectives, SpaceX plans to have 12,000 satellites around 2025, and eventually 42,000.

Sunday’s launch was the 31st of the year for SpaceX, including eighteen for Starlink. It was also the 165th of a Falcon-9 rocket – a reusable launcher to cut costs – since 2010.

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