SpaceX has launched 51 Starlink Internet satellites since May
SpaceX launched its first full stack of 51 Starlink broadband satellites since May on Tuesday, media reported.
The satellites were launched at 11:55 p.m. with a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E on the Vandenberg space station. Monday evening (9:25 a.m. Indian time Tuesday morning), the company's 22nd launch this year.
It was also the tenth record flight for that particular engine, Space.com reported.
"What a beautiful view of Falcon 9 as it successfully lifts off from pad 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, carrying our stack of 51 Starlink satellites to orbit," SpaceX's Youmei Zhou was quoted as saying during the launch broadcast.
"Stage one landed on our drone ship for the 10th time," Zhou added
This was the company's 90th successful landing since the Quick Landing.
The mission, dubbed Starlink 29, will be the company's first operational Starlink flight since the West Coast launch facility, bringing the total number of SpaceX broadband satellites launched to 1,797.
This will be SpaceX's 22nd Falcon 9 mission in 2021.
The flight is also Starlink's first launch since May, according to the report.
SpaceX had suspended launches for about four months to equip the satellites with laser links that would allow Starlink satellites to communicate with each other and reduce dependence on the Earth's constellation, the company said.
SpaceX began launching satellites in November 2019 and opened its beta program for $99 per month to select customers about a year later.
The company plans to launch approximately 30,000 Starlink satellites into orbit and expand its user base to include millions of customers.
The Starlink program aims to provide users around the world with high-speed Internet access and to fund its aerospace ambitions.
The service is aimed at users in rural or remote areas who have little or no connectivity, although anyone can subscribe to it.
Sources:- ET Telecom
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