On a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX successfully launched a batch of 21 Starlink internet satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
The Falcon 9 rocket then returned to Earth and landed on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.
This launch of Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket was the 11th launch and landing for the booster. The upper stage of Falcon 9 rocket deployed the Starlink satellites about 62 minutes after liftoff.
This launch of Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket marked SpaceX’s 64th launch of the year, surpassing its previous record of 61 launches.
The company is leading the world in space missions, primarily focused on expanding its Starlink megaconstellation. Currently, there are over 4,600 operational Starlink satellites in the Earth’s orbit.
SpaceX has plans to increase the number of operational Starlink satellites to 42,000 in the future.
This launch of Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket was called the Starlink Group 7-2, Spaceflight Now reported.
These satellites launched on a Falcon 9 rocket are a smaller version of the full-sized ones that will be launched in the future. With this launch, the total number of Starlink satellites launched is now 5,091.
SpaceX currently has over 1.5 million Starlink subscribers in more than 60 countries, Spaceflight Now added.