SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites, Catches Fairing Half

Half of a Falcon 9 fairing captured in a net with its parachute separating in the background. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

SpaceX launched its fourth batch of Starlink satellites on Wednesday, raising the total placed into orbit to 242 in a flight that saw a recovery ship catch a payload fairing half for the second time.

Starlink is a constellation designed to provide satellite broadband services to any location on Earth. The company is planning to launch batches of satellites twice per month this year in order to quickly begin service in North America.

Falcon 9 launch with fourth batch of Starlink satellites. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

Falcon 9’s first stage, which flew for the third time, successfully landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship.

The fairing half was caught in a net by one of the two boats int he Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX said a second boat narrowly missed catching the other half, which landed softly in the water.