SpaceX launches 52 Starlink satellites and lands rocket on ship at sea

SpaceX successfully launched 52 Starlink satellites into orbit on Tuesday night, marking the tenth mission for the company’s internet satellite constellation. The mission, known as Starlink 9, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. Following the launch, the first stage of the rocket successfully landed on a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.

This marks the seventh time that SpaceX has managed to recover a Falcon 9 booster, with the company continuing to focus on making space travel more sustainable and cost-effective.

Starlink 9 brings the total number of Starlink satellites launched into orbit to over 500, with SpaceX planning to launch up to 12,000 satellites as part of their internet constellation. The company aims to provide global internet coverage through this network, particularly in rural and remote areas.

While the launch took place at night, it was still visible to some observers, leading to speculation and questions about what was happening in the sky. However, an explainer from clarified that the lights in the sky were in fact the result of the Falcon 9 launch.

SpaceX is already gearing up for their next Starlink mission, with the launch of two satellites scheduled for later this week. The company also has plans for a Vandenberg launch later this month, showcasing their continued commitment to advancing space exploration and technology.