SpaceX successfully launched 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit, marking its 15th mission on Saturday, October 24 at 11:31 am EDT (7:31 pm UAE time).
The mission was launched on Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the GPS III Space Vehicle 03 mission in June 2020 and a Starlink mission in September 2020. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The Starlink satellites deployed approximately one hour and three minutes after liftoff.
This mission also marked the 100th successful flight of a Falcon rocket since Falcon 1 first flew to orbit in 2008.
Of its now 100 successful flights of Falcon rockets, SpaceX has landed a Falcon first-stage rocket booster 63 times and re-flown boosters 45 times.
SpaceX’s goal with Starlink is to provide broadband service globally at speeds and with latency previously unavailable in hard-to-reach and rural areas.