SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched a new batch of 60 Starlink mini-satellites in orbit, as part of the company's rollout of the company's global Internet coverage network.
"The successful deployment of 60 Starlink satellites is confirmed," SpaceX announced on its Twitter account on the night of June 3.
Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Just Read the Instructions droneship – the first orbital class rocket booster to successfully launch and land five times! pic.twitter.com/WCiFyyGn7g
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 4, 2020
The first stage of Falcon 9 landed on the Just Read the Instructions marine drone – the first orbital-class booster rocket to launch and land successfully five times!
The Falcon 9 two-stage rocket was launched from the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Successful deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed
A few minutes later, its first stage landed on an autonomous floating platform (ASDS) in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, making it the first orbital-class booster rocket to launch and return to Earth five times successfully.
Then, the robotic platform carrying the first stage of the rocket successfully returned to Cape Canaveral base.
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Donald Trump and Mike Pence accompany the launch of the SpaceX rocket in Florida
Starlink is an initiative advanced by the company Elon Musk with the aim of creating, in the future, a huge "constellation" of 42,000 satellites to provide Internet access in all corners of the Earth. With the new launch, which was the eighth in the Starlink project, its current orbital constellation is now composed of 480 satellites.