Advertisement

SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites from Florida

1/4
SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites from Florida
Two days following the successful lift off of the SpaceX NASA Crew-4 mission, SpaceX follows with the launch of an additional 53 Starlink satellites from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla., on Friday. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo

April 29 (UPI) -- Space X launched another batch of Starlink satellites into orbit late Friday afternoon.

A Falcon 9 rocket carried 53 satellites into space from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station's Launch Complex 40.

Advertisement

The launch took place as scheduled at 5:27 p.m., with the reusable first-stage rocket landing on the Just Read the Instructions drone ship at 5:36 p.m. It was the booster's second flight in 21 days, SpaceX said.

Friday's launch marked the 44th Starlink mission. Space X now has a constellation of more than 2,000 satellites in low-Earth orbit, providing Internet connectivity to hundreds of thousands of users.

An April 21 Space X Starlink launch was delayed for 3 hours by strong winds.

The company has provided Starlink ground terminals to the Ukrainian government for use during the Russian invasion.

Ukraine Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted a thank-you to Musk for a Starlink shipment Ukraine received at the end of February.

"While you try to colonize Mars -- Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space -- Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people!" Fedorov wrote.

Advertisement

The Falcon 9 is a reusable, two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by Space X. The company says it's safe transport for people and payloads "into Earth orbit and beyond."

The reusability, Space X said, allows costs to be driven down by re-using the most expensive parts of the rocket.

SpaceX Crew-2's historic mission to International Space Station

From left to right, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., on November 8. Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA | License Photo

Latest Headlines

Advertisement
Advertisement

Follow Us

Advertisement