SpaceX has successfully launched another batch of 60 of its internet-beaming full stack of Starlink satellites and capped off the mission with a successful rocket landing at sea. However, the set-up from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center also included a successful and prosperous controlled landing and recovery of the first-stage booster as well as a semi-successful controlled dual catch of the fairing halves that are used to protect the cargo during the launch.
Space Exploration Technology Corporation (SpaceX) has now launched 835 starlinks in a rapidly-expanding Global-network that ultimately will feature thousands of commercial broadband beacons that are delivering high-speed internet to any point on Earth. The company also plans to launch at least 120 new Starlinks every month, to reach the ultimate goal.
Moreover, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from NASA’s historic Pad 39A at 8:25 a.m EDT (1225 GMT) carrying 60 new Starlink satellites for SpaceX’s growing constellation in orbit. Just about 9 minutes later, the booster’s first stage returned to Earth, landing on one of SpaceX’s drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean in a smooth touchdown. The giant ship called Of Course I Still Love You is one of two in the association’s fleet of recovery vessels that catch falling boosters and return them to port.
The company, however, says the recovery crew is fine but that is obviously not an ideal end-result. Still, being located correctly to catch both fairing halves is definitely a win for the organization’s efforts on that aspect of Falcon 9 launch vehicle reusability.
SpaceX has already established almost 300 new Starlink satellites since June and has also goals to launch at least two more batches during the next month. This is another magnificent show of SpaceX’s capability to maintain a very fast and frequent pace launches, which has this year fascinated mostly on delivering its own Starlinks satellites to orbit.