Miami, June 17 (EFE).- The aerospace company SpaceX broke its own record this Friday by launching the same Falcon 9 rocket for the thirteenth time, this time to put 53 satellites of its Starlink internet service into orbit.
The first stage of this rocket, which is the one that returns to Earth after takeoff, had already been used in missions to send the GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2 and nine other Starlink missions into space. including four this year.
This mission, the forty-eighth dedicated to putting Starlink internet satellites into orbit, also meant reaching the hundred times SpaceX has reused Falcon 9 rockets.
On this occasion, after the separation of the stages, the first of them returned to Earth and landed on the maritime platform “A Shortfall of Gravitas” located in the Atlantic Ocean.
The liftoff took place at 12:08 p.m. local time (4:08 p.m. GMT) from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United States, and is the first of a busy weekend for SpaceX, which includes two more launches.
Another Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Saturday and another from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, very close to Kennedy Space Center, on Sunday.
These two launches would further expand Starlink’s list of 14 satellite launches so far this year, and the company plans to keep up the pace to increase its coverage, which would be supplemented by around 4,400 units.
According to astronomer Jonathan McDowell, SpaceX already has 2,372 operational Starlink satellites in orbit.
Starlink satellites are located in low Earth orbit, from where they provide high-speed, low-latency Internet access to remote and rural locations around the world.
This Thursday, SpaceX welcomed the fact that it already serves North Macedonia, which is why it is expanding its current coverage, which includes much of the United States, Canada, Western Europe and a part of Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Australia, among others. . . ECE
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