On Sunday morning, SpaceX successfully launched Falcon 9 Rocket, sending 60 Starlink satellites into orbit. SpaceX said on Twitter that around 6 a.m., Falcon 9 took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at launch pad number 39. SpaceX Tweeted, “Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, completing the ninth flight of that booster.”
An hour after the Falcon 9 rocket being launched, SpaceX deployed the 60 Starlink satellites. Starlink is a satellite-based internet constellation intended to blanket the planet in high-speed broadband. Often, it is touted as a way to bring connectivity to the billions of people who still lack reliable internet access.
Swarms of satellites are required to be operating in low-Earth orbit to provide continuous coverage. It needs to be roughly 340 miles high, at least in SpaceX’s case. About 1,000 Starlink satellites have been deployed to date. The company also plans to grow Starlink and take the number up to 40,000 satellites. That is almost five times the total number of satellites that have been launched since the dawn of spaceflight.
According to sources, about one-third of all the active satellites in space is now owned by SpaceX.