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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches 48 Starlink, 2 BlackSky Satellites

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
December 3, 2021
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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.