SpaceX • Falcon 9 • 2022 • Kennedy Space Center : SpaceX lofts 49 Starlink internet satellites to orbit
New Starlink satellites were successfully launched into orbit by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday (Jan. 6), and the rocket successfully landed at sea.
Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida launched a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket at 4:49 p.m. EST (2149 GMT) with a stack of 49 Starlink satellites.
The first stage of the rocket returned to Earth nine minutes after liftoff and landed on the ship’s deck, marking SpaceX’s first successful launch and landing of the new year.
Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center has successfully launched Falcon 9, delivering our stack of 49 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit, according to SpaceX engineer Jessie Anderson on the launch stream.
It was projected that the weather will be ideal for liftoff at the 45th Space Delta. A sunny day in Florida allowed the rocket to be seen as it climbed through the stratosphere, fading from view as its first stage separated and began its return journey to Earth.
The aerospace company based in California is set to another exciting start with Thursday’s liftoff. This year, SpaceX broke its own record for the most launches in a calendar year with 31. Three Crew Dragon missions carried a total of 12 astronauts, including four private citizens who were part of the Inspiration4 mission as well.
The ever-expanding internet constellation being built by SpaceX means that SpaceX will attempt to maintain its speedy launch schedule in 2019. A third rideshare mission aimed to sending numerous tiny satellites into orbit is also scheduled for this month.
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