KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With a “may the force be with us”, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center for a mid-afternoon launch Tuesday.
What You Need To Know
- SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites less than a week ago
- The company is quickly building its network of broadband internet satellites
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A Falcon 9 rocket is carrying another batch of Starlink mini-satellites. Once in orbit, they’ll join the more than 2,000 already providing broadband internet to underserved areas around the world.
This is SpaceX’s second Starlink launch in a week; last Wednesday, the company launched 60 satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
SpaceX expects much of its network, comprising tens of thousands of Starlink satellites, to be completed by the end of this year.
The rocket’s first stage booster then landed on the droneship “Of Course I Still Love You” off the Florida coast.
The Falcon 9 was launched on International Star Wars Day, and the rocket is named for the iconic “Millennium Falcon” from the series.
Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship – the 9th landing of this booster pic.twitter.com/wzPjMsu2z3
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