SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket into space with 53 Starlink satellites

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The US space company SpaceX launched 53 Starlink communications satellites into space on Saturday. As SpaceX announced on Twitter, a Falcon 9 heavy rocket took off from the spaceport on Cape Canaveral at 7:19 a.m. local time (1:19 p.m. CET) without any problems.

Nine minutes after launch, the reusable first stage rocket, which was used for the ninth time, landed on a platform in the Atlantic about 600 kilometers from Cape Canaveral. The guided vertical landing took place smoothly.

In addition, special ocean-going ships from SpaceX were supposed to heave two pieces of rocket head fairing on board that had parachuted into the water. Reusing the fairing can save SpaceX up to $ 6 million on rocket launches.

Starlink-Satellitengruppierung

According to the information, this is the 32nd start of Starlink spacecraft since May 2019 and the 16th since the beginning of 2021. The last 51 Starlink satellites were launched on September 13th (local time). The SpaceX grouping currently has 1,842 satellites.
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Starlink is a next-generation satellite-based communications network. It is intended to provide people on earth with secure broadband internet access. The project was initiated in February 2018.

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