Elon Musk's SpaceX Launched another batch of Starlink internet satellites to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). SpaceX's Falcon 9 lifted off from California's Space Launch Complex 4 East carrying 46 Starlink satellites. The launch was initiated at 6:39 pm PT ( According to Indian Standard Time- 7:09 am).
SpaceX steamed the live launch of 46 Starlink satellites on Twitter, giving updates about the course the rocket is taking.
According to the company's tweet, the first stage booster supporting the mission disconnected from the rocket and landed back on the drone ship titled "Of Course I Still Love You."
According to space.com, this was the Falcon 9 rocket's sixth launch. It has previously launched the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Earth-observation satellite, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission, and three batches of Starlink internet satellites.
Starlink is a satellite-based global internet system that SpaceX has been developing for years to deliver internet connectivity to remote parts of the planet.
Since 2019, SpaceX has deployed over 2,700 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit, amassing hundreds of thousands of users, many of whom pay $110 per month for broadband internet via $599 self-install terminal kits.
In recent years, the Hawthorne, California-based space business has concentrated extensively on recruiting airlines around Starlink for in-flight WiFi, having struck its first such arrangements with Hawaiian Airlines and semi-private jet operator JSX.
SpaceX, satellite operator OneWeb, and Jeff Bezos' Kuiper project, a branch of e-commerce giant Amazon.com that plans to launch the prototype satellites of its broadband network later this year are all competing in the low-Earth orbiting satellite internet market.