SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches 48 Starlink, 2 BlackSky Satellites

Falcon 9 launch. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE BASE, Fla. — On Thursday, December 2 at 6:12 p.m. EST, Falcon 9 launched 48 Starlink broadband and two BlackSky Earth observation satellites to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

It was the 27th launch of 2022, a new record for SpaceX in a calendar year.

SpaceX has now launched 1,892 Starlink satellites since February 2018. A total of 1,732 are still functioning.

It was the ninth launch and landing of the Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, and five Starlink missions.

With the 10th OneWeb Launch RUAG Space Placed More Than 1000 Satellites

Soyuz-2 launches 34 OneWeb satellites. (Credit: Arianespace)

BERN, Switzerland (RUAG Space PR) — On Tuesday, September 14, another 34 OneWeb internet satellites have been separated from the Soyuz launch vehicle and placed in orbit with a dispenser from RUAG Space. With this, the Swiss-based space supplier has successfully placed 1,031 satellites in orbit, exceeding the landmark of 1,000 satellite separations.

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