SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 launch vehicle with 54 Starlink satellites, which had previously been delayed five times because of bad weather conditions in the launch area. Starlink 4-34 launched from a launch site at Cape Canaveral in Florida on 18 September at 20:18 local time.
About 15 minutes after the launch, Starlink satellites were successfully deployed in low-Earth orbit. A few minutes earlier, the first stage of the launch made a soft landing on the special floating platform Just Red the Instruments off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean.
For SpaceX, the current launch was the third of the five planned for September. The next Starlink mission was originally scheduled for 19 September, but is now likely to be postponed to a later date. In total, SpaceX plans to launch more than 60 space launches this year and to increase the number to 100 next year. At present, the Starlink constellation consists of more than 3,200 vehicles, and Ilona Maska is authorized to launch an additional 12,000 satellites.