New Delhi: SpaceX on Saturday, May 14, morning (according to Indian Standard Time) launched a rocket carrying 53 satellites for the Starlink internet constellation from California.
The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 3:07 p.m., and minutes later the first stage landed on a droneship in the Pacific Ocean while the second stage continued toward low Earth orbit.
The satellite deployment was scheduled to occur about an hour later. In a tweet, SpaceX wrote that they are “targeting a Falcon 9 launch of 53 Starlink satellites from SLC-40 in Florida in 22.5 hours.”
In another tweet, SpaceX shared a video of the lift-off – which was later re-tweeted by the founder of the company Elon Musk.
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— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 13, 2022
“SpaceX is targeting Saturday, May 14 for a Falcon 9 launch of 53 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The instantaneous launch window is at 4:40 p.m. ET, or 20:40 UTC, and a backup opportunity is available on Sunday, May 15 at 4:12 p.m. ET, or 20:12 UTC,” SpaceX wrote on its official website.
Reportedly, SpaceX has launched over 2,500 Starlink satellites to date. Starlink is a space-based system that has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world.
Earlier, the company had said that the services will be available in 25 countries, however, the list has now been expanded.
Meanwhile, SpaceX on Friday announced that its satellite internet service – Starlink – is now available in 32 countries. Starlink shared a map on Twitter that showed the service’s availability across the globe.