SpaceX Launches 60 More Starlink Internet Satellites Into Orbit
Early this morning SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with 60 broadband internet satellites from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, with lift off happening at 1:19am EST. Nine minutes later the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage successfully returned to Earth and landed smoothly on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. This rocket has already been launched previously, five times in fact, thus further proving reusable rockets are doable and help save money which will bring down the cost of space launches. This rocket last flew just 27 days ago.
The quick turnaround time is attributed to the fact that SpaceX has placed a premium on efficiency while also using two different launch pads at Cape Canaveral and the Space Force has refined the launch process.
SpaceX now has more than 1,000 Starlink satellites in orbit providing coverage to mainly northern latitude customers across the United States.