SpaceX launches 53 Starlink satellites; landing a Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform

(ORDO NEWS) — SpaceX launched another group of Starlink satellites last Sunday, July 24, which was the fifth launch under this program in July alone and the 33rd launch in 2022. The

aerospace firm sent 53 Internet satellites on board A Falcon 9 launch vehicle that took off from the Kennedy Space Center, USA at 9:38 am EDT (13:38 GMT).

Approximately 8 minutes and 45 seconds after launch, the first stage of the rocket successfully landed on a floating platform called A Shortfall of Gravitas, drifting nearby in the Atlantic Ocean.

This launch was preceded by another successful attempt from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California last Friday, July 22.

As a result of that launch, 46 Starlink satellites were delivered into orbit, and the first stage of the rocket made a soft landing on a floating platform located in the Pacific Ocean, 8.5 minutes after launch.

The launch was the second attempt to send a constellation of Starlink Group 3-2 satellites into space, following a failed attempt that ended in a mission cancellation at T-46 seconds on Thursday, July 21.

SpaceX’s Starlink Internet satellite constellation includes approximately 2,900 satellites launched to date. In total, the company received permission to place 12,000 such satellites in orbit, and plans to apply for permission to bring the number of orbital constellations to 30,000 devices.

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