Just 4 days after launching an Argentine remote-sensing satellite from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX fired off its 12th Starlink mission Falcon 9 Rocket from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 8:46 a.m. EDT.
It was the company’s 93rd launch of a Falcon 9, its 16th so far this year and its 101st overall.
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit Thursday, boosting the total number launched to date to 713 in a fast-growing constellation of internet relay stations.
Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported launch of the GPS III Space Vehicle 03 mission in June 2020. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX has regulatory approval to launch more than 12,000 Starlink satellites that will work together in a global network to provide high-speed internet access anywhere in the world. Amazon plans a similar constellation with its Kuiper project and OneWeb, in the process of emerging from bankruptcy, plans yet another such network.