SpaceX, the American aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, achieved yet another milestone on Friday night as they successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 Starlink internet satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The launch, which had been delayed from a previous attempt on Thursday night, took place at 11:38 p.m. EDT.
This mission was particularly significant as it marked the seventh mission completed by the Falcon 9 booster. The first-stage booster, after successfully delivering its payload into space, returned and landed on SpaceX’s drone ship, completing its fifth flight. Following its landing, the booster is expected to land on the “Just Read the Instructions” drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
Despite some uncertainties regarding the weather conditions, with a 45% chance of “go” for launch and recovery conditions for the booster landing listed as “low to moderate risk,” the launch proceeded smoothly. If the launch had occurred on schedule, it would have been the Space Coast’s 49th launch this year, demonstrating the region’s remarkable role in space exploration.
Looking ahead, more SpaceX Starlink missions are expected to be launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in the coming week. However, the exact schedule for these missions has not yet been announced. As SpaceX continues to revolutionize space travel and internet connectivity, enthusiasts can expect further updates on exciting launches and developments.
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