SpaceX launches two Starlink missions in a single day

Devdiscourse News Desk | California | Updated: 15-01-2024 19:55 IST | Created: 15-01-2024 15:41 IST
SpaceX launches two Starlink missions in a single day
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SpaceX on Sunday, January 14, launched two separate Starlink missions to the low-Earth orbit, marking another significant step towards the company's ambitious goal of providing global broadband coverage.

At 12:59 a.m. PT, a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 Starlink satellites lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. This was the 18th flight for the first-stage booster, which had previously supported missions like Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, and multiple Starlink endeavors.

Following the stage separation, the Falcon 9's first stage made a precise landing on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship.

Later in the day, at 8:52 p.m. ET, a second Falcon 9 took off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This mission carried 23 Starlink satellites into orbit, marking the 300th successful launch for SpaceX.

The first stage of the Falcon 9, on its 12th flight, landed on the "A Shortfall of Gravitas" droneship. The first stage booster supporting this mission had previously launched SES-22, ispace’s HAKUTO-R Mission 1, and CRS-27 missions.


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