SpaceX has successfully launched 60 more “Starlink” satellites into orbit as part of its mission to beam high-speed internet back to Earth.
The Elon Musk-led company released multiple videos of the takeoff to social media this morning, which took place at Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7:29 a.m. EDT. Liftoff yesterday was scrubbed due to unfavorable weather.
Blasted into space onboard a Falcon9 reusable rocket, the satellites will be added to a constellation of satellites that is currently more than 400-strong.
“Falcon 9 launches 60 Starlink satellites to orbit, completing SpaceX‘s 43rd flight of a previously flown rocket booster,” the company tweeted earlier today.
Footage uploaded by the company included the Falcon9’s first stage landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You,” a droneship platform that’s stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The touchdown happened within 8 minutes and 30 seconds, the clip shows.
SpaceX said on its website that the Starlink satellites cleanly deployed approximately one hour and one minute after liftoff, confirmed by a full video of the launch.
“You can see the Starlink satellites gently floating away from the second stage,” the webcast host was heard commenting during the livestream.
“Shortly, once they have had a chance to space out a little bit, they [the satellites] will deploy their solar arrays and, over the next few days and weeks, they will start to distance themselves using their on-board ion thrusters to make their way to their final operational orbits about 550 kilometers above the Earth’s surface,” the host said.
It was good news for billionaire CEO Musk, who tweeted after the deployment that it meant a beta test of Starlink internet in the U.S. was now closer than ever.
“Once these satellites reach their target position, we will