the private firm SpaceX was the protagonist of the takeoff, this Tuesday, of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with 49 Starlink satellites internet broadband on board after encountering favorable atmospheric conditions for the mission.
SpaceX, the company created by entrepreneur and tycoon Elon Musk, mentioned thatThe mission will aim to place the Starlink satellites in a “low Earth orbit”.
This orbit, for its part, expands the specialized website spaceflightnow.com, and varies in altitude between 130 and 210 miles.
The mission, dubbed Starlink 4-6, is the third launch in 2022 of SpaceX‘s Falcon 9. Here the video of the takeoff shared by SpaceX:
Said spacecraft departed from platform 39A at NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, at 9:02 p.m. local time in the United States this Tuesday, to begin a 15-minute launch sequence before deploying all 49 Starlink satellites into orbit.
Few minutes later, Falcon 9 rocket booster returned to Earth for later reuse.
The recoverable first-stage booster, number B1060, made its 10th trip with it and landed back on an unmanned platform in the Atlantic Ocean, north of the Bahamas.
SpaceX delayed the launch initially scheduled for Monday night pending better conditions in the booster rocket’s Atlantic landing zone.
According to the statistics provided by the specialized website spaceflightnow.com, This is the 137th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket since 2010. and number 35 of the same propellant carrying satellites of the Starlink program.
the starlink mission
On January 13, SpaceX also took off from Cape Canaveral with more than a hundred small satellites on board, among which are six from the Spanish firm Fossa Systems and the Argentine miniature satellite “General San Martín”.
Today’s mission is part of the “Starlink” program that aims to put a large number of artificial satellites into orbit to create a broadband internet network.
This mission is part of NASA’s public-private partnership with SpaceX, the rocket company founded in 2002 by Musk, who is also the CEO of electric carmaker Tesla.
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