KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX launched 60 Starlink broadband satellites into orbit on Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket whose first stage launched and landed successfully for a record sixth time.
Elon Musk’s company has launched 835 Starlink satellites into Earth orbit, with 51 spacecraft being de-orbited to date. SpaceX has approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch nearly 12,000 Starlink satellites.
“As our Starlink network is still in its early stages, the Starlink team continues to test the system, collecting latency data and performing speed tests of the service,” SpaceX said on its website. “The team also recently installed Starlinks on the Administrative Center building and about 20 private homes on the Hoh Tribe Reservation, located in a remote area of western Washington State where internet access is limited or completely unavailable. You can learn more about the Hoh Tribe’s experience here.”
The Falcon 9 first stage successfully touched down on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship in the Atlantic Ocean after liftoff from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Falcon 9’s fairing halves each supported two previous launches.