SpaceX rocket breaks record for reuse in a new Starlink mission

SpaceX rocket breaks record for reuse in a new Starlink mission
SpaceX rocket breaks record for reuse in a new Starlink mission

The company SpaceX launched on Thursday from Cape Canaveral, in Florida (USA), a Falcon 9 rocket to carry a new fleet of Starlink communications satellites into space and it did so on the twelfth mission of one of its thrusters, setting a new record.

SpaceX launched the rocket with 53 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit with no major mishaps from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The rocket booster, the reusable part, He had previously participated in eight Starlink missionsas well as three other missions to put various satellites into orbit.

Approximately eight and a half minutes after liftoff, this liftoff first-stage booster returned to Earth and landed on a floating platform called “Just Read the Instructions” located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.

These types of recovery operations allow SpaceX reuse the most expensive parts of the rocketwhich in turn reduces the cost of access to space, something that allows this initial booster to be reused again on future missions.

Own Elon Muskwho founded SpaceX in 2002, indicated through his Twitter account just over an hour after takeoff that the Starlink satellites had already been deployed in their initial parking orbit.

The company explains that while most satellite Internet services come from satellites orbiting at about 35,000 kilometersthe Starlink swarm is much closer to Earth, about 550 kilometersallowing you to reduce the time it takes for data to travel back and forth between the user and the satellite.

SpaceX has already put into orbit over 2,300 Starlink satellites to date and his plans include launch up to 30,000 to be able to offer Internet coverage to the entire planet.

The next objective of SpaceX, together with the US space agency NASA, is to take a team of four astronauts to the International Space Stationl (ISS) on the Crew-4 spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


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