Spacex will launch 53 Starlink satellites | Spacex Starlink satellites

SpaceX will launch a stack of 53 Starlink satellites on one of its previously flown rockets — a Falcon 9 dubbed B1062. The frequent flier is scheduled to blast off at 7:40 a.m. EST (1240 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida for its fourth mission. 

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After the rocket successfully lifts the batch of Starlink satellites into orbit, SpaceX plans to land B1062 on the deck of one of its massive drone ships, which was originally intended to recover the Crew-3 booster on Wednesday night, but SpaceX needed to give the ship’s crew a rest since they were stationed out at sea for several days while teams worked to get the Crew-3 mission off the ground. 

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The Starlink 31 mission is the company’s second batch of updated satellites to launch and will bring the total number of SpaceX broadband satellites launched to 1,844.

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SpaceX created its Starlink program with the goal of providing high-speed Internet access to users around the world and helping fund its deep space goals. The service is intended to be available to people around the world, with a particular focus on users in rural or remote areas with little or no contact.

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This is also the 128th flight of the SpaceX’s 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 booster, and if all goes as planned, it’s also the return of the 94th Falcon 9 first-stage booster after the attempt.

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The reused rocket that launched the satellites into orbit, the B1062, is one of the newest members of the fleet. Previous payloads for the fourth rocket in preparation for its fourth flight have included two different GPS satellites as well as Dragon Resilience in SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission in September.

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Naqvi Syed is is a freelance journalist who has contributed to several publications, including Spacepsychiatrist. He tackles topics like spaceflight, diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. He works with Spacepsychiatrist from a long time.


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