Just about seven hours after the astronauts and astronauts were sent to the International Space Station as part of the Crew-5 mission, SpaceX launched another launch, and 52 Starlink communications satellites were sent into space this time.
Falcon 9 from the U.S. Air Force base today at 02:10 Moscow time, the first stage of Falcon 9 returned to Earth 8.5 minutes after it was launched, landing on the spaceX-owned unmanned barge Of Course I Still Love You in the Pacific.
This is the fifth take-off and landing for this accelerator, and the missile has previously been involved in both the launch of Starlink satellites and the delivery to space of the Sarah-1 radar satellite for the German government, as well as the NROL-85 and NROL-87 missions for the US National Intelligence Agency.
Starlink satellites were deployed in orbit, as planned, 62 minutes after the launch. Today, Starlink has over 3,400 copies, an additional 12,000 are authorized by the United States authorities to launch, and a further 30,000 were requested to go into orbit. The founder of SpaceX, Ilon Mack, stated that the number of terminals released to connect to its network exceeded 1 million.
This was the 45th anniversary launch of SpaceX in 2022, and earlier that day, a mission to ISS was launched from the space site of the Kennedy Space Center, scheduled to arrive at the station today, at 11:57 p.m. Another mission is scheduled to be launched from Cape Canaveral to launch two commercial communications satellites into space in the near future.