SpaceX Falcon 9 Boosts 50th Stalink Satellite Internet Mission

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SpaceX marked 50 launches of its Starlink satellite constellation Thursday with July’s first Falcon 9 mission from Florida.

The 911am ET Falcon 9 launch put another set of 53 internet-enabled Starlink satellites into orbit shortly after jumping off the LC-40 launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

This was the 13th launch for this particular booster, a feat matched by only one other booster in SpaceX’s inventory.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL, Thursday morning, July 7, 2022. The rocket carries a series of Starlink satellites.  Mandatory Credit: Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK

The satellites will drift apart in the coming weeks as they increase their orbits to reach a final destination about 350 miles above Earth’s surface.

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Thursday’s deployment brings the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to more than 2,500 since the first mission launched in 2019. If SpaceX keeps up, that number will rise above 3,000 by the end of the year.

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