SpaceX has extended its constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites with the launch of 53 Starlink satellites from Florida.
A Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Saturday morning and deployed the satellites around 16 minutes after the fact.
The rocket’s reusable first stage, which has been used for multiple launches, including the first crewed test flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, effectively returned and arrived on the “Just Read the Instructions” drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
Starlink is a satellite-based global internet system that SpaceX has been working for years to bring internet access to areas of the world without enough service.
Recently, SpaceX flew four astronauts to the International Space Station, remembering the 600th individual to arrive at space for 60 years.
It required 21 hours for the flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to arrive at the sparkling station.
The astronauts got emotional when they originally recognized the space station from 32 kilometers away, saying it is “a pretty glorious sight”.
Three astronauts invited the team rather than the favored seven.
That was on the grounds that SpaceX brought four of them back on Monday, after the launch of their substitutions continued to get postponed.
The new team will go through the next a half year at the space station and, during that time, have two groups of visiting tourists.
Russia will launch the first group in December and SpaceX the second in February.