The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a new series of 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit on Wednesday, pushing a total of 1,445 launched to date. Thousands more are planned as the company continues to build a fleet of broadband relay stations.
Veteran Falcon 9 rocket landed at sea as the culmination of a successful mission as it exploded from the space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral space station in Florida, USA, at 12:34 pm EDT (1634 GMT), marking the company’s 10th launch in 2021.
Since 2020, SpaceX, a California-based rocket builder, has continued the rapid pace of launch, and its Starlink satellites have been the majority of these launches. Furthermore, SpaceX will soon fill its initial internet constellation of 1,440 broadband satellites, although that constellation could eventually be tens of thousands of satellites as strong as SpaceX, which is allowed to launch for 30,000 satellites or even more.
(With AFP inputs)