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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying 52 Starlink satellites

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying 52 Starlink satellites
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying 52 Starlink satellites

American aerospace company Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, has reportedly launched a Falcon 9 rocket to carry 52 Starlink satellites into the earth’s orbit from California.

The rocket, a standard SpaceX Falcon 9, was launched from the Vandenberg Space Force Base, at a recorded time of 4:41 am (GMT), and flew over the Pacific Ocean.

 The rocket’s first stage returned, approximately 9 minutes later, and successfully landed back on the SpaceX drone ship, named ‘Of Course I Still Love You’, in the ocean. While the landing itself was the company’s 98th successful one, it was also SpaceX's 11th first-stage launch, making Falcon 9 the most-flown rocket by SpaceX.

Youmei Zhou, the launch commentator at SpaceX headquarters, stated that the second stage had continued on its path into orbit and confirmed the deployment of the Starlink satellites.

Starlink a satellite-based global internet system that SpaceX has been working on for years. it aims to bring high-speed broadband internet to the some of the most underserved regions of the earth.

The flight has become the 34th launch for Starlink and is a testament to SpaceX’s efforts in expanding and upgrading the Starlink constellation which is currently made of almost 2,000 satellites lying in the low-Earth orbit.

It was also the fourth flight that carried the new and upgraded satellites. The company had recently enabled each of the flat-paneled satellites to communicate with each other with the help of laser links. Company officials have stated that this was done to increase efficiency and also reduce Starlink’s reliance on earth stations.

SpaceX, founded by American billionaire Elon Musk, is known for being the only private company that was able to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and in 2020 had become the first private firm to take humans (4 astronauts) to the International Space Station.

Following the Starlink mission, another one was scheduled from the Florida base to take a Turkish communication satellite into the orbit. Meanwhile, a Falcon 9 rocket is also scheduled for launch on the 21st of December to bring a Dragon cargo ship to the ISS (International Space Station).

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