SpaceX delivers 60 Starlink satellites into orbit aboard the Falcon 9 rocket

Date:15 March 2021 Author: Kyro Mitchell

SpaceX is back at it again. This time around, the company managed to launch an additional 60 Starlink satellites aboard the Falcon 9 rocket into orbit during the early hours of Sunday morning [14 March].

What makes this launch stand out from SpaceX’s previous launches is the fact that this particular Falcon 9 rocket has now successfully launched and landed a total of nine times throughout its lifespan.

Around nine minutes after deploying the satellites into orbit, the Falcon 9’s reusable first stage successfully returned to Earth and landed on the drone ship known as the “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean.

Take a look at the launch below:

This is SpaceX’s second satellite launch in the span of just two weeks, meaning the company is edging closer to its goal of having a constellation of 1,440 satellites orbiting our planet.

Starlink is slowly expanding the range of its internet service, with more and more countries around the world being added to the list each month. South Africa was recently allowed access to pre-order the high-speed internet service, although it will only be made available in 2022.

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Picture: Twitter/@SpaceX

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