SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Launches 53 Starlink Satellites To Space


Tesla Inc. SpaceX-owned TSLA CEO Elon Musk successfully launched a new fleet of 53 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit on Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

What happened: SpaceX launched the satellites at 6:59 a.m. ET, nearly 39 minutes later than originally planned, on its partially reusable Falcon 9 rocket that landed back on drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” in the Atlantic Ocean.

Falcon 9 launches 53 Starlink satellites into orbit pic.twitter.com/k80YtDCGYu

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 18, 2022

The space company shared photos of the launch on Twitter, a short clip of the Falcon 9 landing on the drone ship, and a map showing Starlink’s availability around the world.

Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas pic.twitter.com/2sNklBXGP8

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 18, 2022

See also: Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches another 53 Starlink satellites tomorrow

Why it matters: Starlink’s constellation of satellites beams high-speed Internet services, especially to the most remote areas on Earth.

SpaceX is known to have launched more than 2,000 Starlink satellites, with plans to increase that number to 4,425 by 2024.

Falcon 9 is the world’s first orbital-class reusable rocket. The reusability factor significantly reduces costs because it allows the space agency to fly the most expensive parts of the rocket.


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