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A stack of SpaceX Starlink satellites being deployed in orbit.
SpaceX confirmed the deployment of a new group of 60 Starlink satellites just after 2:30 a.m. PT Wednesday, bringing the total to 240 sent to orbit in March alone.
Starlink launches are becoming almost as regular an occurrence as the new episode of your favorite laugh-track sitcom in the 1980s. As Elon Musk continues to build up his mega-constellation of broadband-beaming satellites, a new batch of the orbiting routers is being launched on a nearly weekly basis.
The 23rd Starlink launch overall left Cape Canaveral in Florida at 4:28 a.m. ET/1:28 a.m. PT and marked the first time we’ve seen four Starlink launches in a single calendar month and only the second time there have been four SpaceX missions flown in a single month. (There were four in November.)
Over a thousand of the small satellites are now whipping around the globe in low-Earth orbit and SpaceX needs to launch about a thousand more in the next year to keep up with demand for its expanding service and the timeline laid out in its license from the Federal Communications Commission.
The Falcon 9 rocket that boosted the Starlinks made its sixth career landing on a droneship in the Atlantic several minutes after launch as per usual. You can watch the mission highlights above.
At the moment we don’t have a date for the next Starlink launch, but be assured it’s not far off.
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