SpaceX launches 23 Starlink satellites to orbit from Florida
- United States
SpaceX today launched yet another batch of Starlink internet satellites to low-Earth orbit from Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the 23 Starlink satellites lifted off at 2:47 a.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Today's launch marked the 15th flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously supported CRS-22, Crew-3, Turksat 5B, Crew-4, CRS-25, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13G, mPOWER-a, PSN SATRIA, and now seven Starlink missions.
Earlier this week, SpaceX launched 22 Starlink satellites from SLC-4E. These back-to-back launches demonstrate the company's ability to swiftly expand its satellite constellation in the low-Earth orbit and realize its ambitious goal of providing high-speed, low-latency internet across the globe, particularly in areas where traditional broadband infrastructure is limited or unavailable.
Late last week, SpaceX conducted the second integrated flight testing of its fully reusable space transportation system, called Starship, from Starbase in Texas. The Super Heavy Booster's 33 Raptor engines started up successfully and, for the first time, completed a full-duration burn during ascent. The booster successfully completed its flip maneuver and initiated the boostback burn before experiencing a rapid unscheduled disassembly.
The team is now working on final preparations on the vehicles that will be used in Starship's third flight test, with the Ship and Booster, together called Starship, static fires coming up next.