The American aerospace company SpaceX delivered another shipment of 52 Starlink Internet satellites last night and launched a Falcon 9 launch vehicle with satellites on board from the launch site of the U.S. Space Force Base.
Less than 10 minutes later, the first stage of Falcon 9 returned to Earth, successfully landing on the autonomous floating platform A Shortfall of Gravitas in the Atlantic Ocean. According to SpaceX, it was the fourth mission for this first stage. It was also the 43rd SpaceX orbital mission in 2022, which is the company's new record. The previous spaceX record for missile launches in the year was set in 2021 -- 31 missiles were launched in a year, so now each launch of SpaceX is a record record.
To date, about 3,400 Starlink satellites are in orbit and the company plans to launch thousands more. As of next year, SpaceX will launch the next generation of Starlink Version 2, which is much larger and more powerful in orbit. The company will be able to connect with a smartphone. To this end, SpaceX has already entered into an agreement with the United States mobile operator T-Mobile as part of the Coverage Above and Beyond project. The company is also ready to cooperate with other operators around the world.
SpaceX plans to take Starlink V2 into orbit on board the next generation of Starship, which will also be used to transport cargo and people to the Moon and Mars.