SpaceX launches 22 Starlink satellites to orbit from Florida (video) (Image Credit: Space.com)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 22 Starlink satellites from Florida’s Space Coast Friday evening (Sept. 29) and landed on a ship at sea.
The 22 Starlink satellites, meanwhile, deployed from the Falcon 9’s upper stage into low Earth orbit (LEO) about 65 minutes after launch.
Friday’s mission was the 69th orbital launch for SpaceX in 2023. About 60% of those flights have been dedicated to building out the company’s Starlink network.
The megaconstellation currently consists of nearly 4,800 operational satellites, and the number will continue to grow far into the future. SpaceX has permission to deploy 12,000 of the craft in LEO and has applied for approval for another 30,000 as well.