On May 4, 2021, SpaceX launched another batch of 60 Starlink Internet satellites into Orbit from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. The satellites were launched aboard the Falcon 9 Rocket.
- This was the ninth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched Telstar 18 VANTAGE, Iridium-8, and six Starlink missions.
i.It was the 13th Launch of 2021 for SpaceX.
- So far in 2021, SpaceX has launched 610 Starlink Satellites into space.
- Out of 13 Falcon 9 launches in 2021, 10 have been dedicated to Starlink satellites. The 11th mission – Transporter-1 rideshare mission also carried 10 Starlink satellites.
- On April 28, 2021 – SpaceX had launched 60 Starlink Satellites into Orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, US.
It is a satellite internet constellation being constructed by SpaceX for providing Satellite Internet access. It is the largest Satellite Constellation in the world.
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company. It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk.
i.It holds several Firsts
- 1st private company to launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft (Dragon in 2010).
- 1st private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) (Dragon in 2021).
- 1st reuse of an orbital rocket (Falcon 9 in 2017).
- 1st private company to send astronauts to orbit & ISS (SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 in 2020).
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i.On January 24, 2021, SpaceX launched 143 Satellites in a single mission, with this it created a new World Record for launching most number of satellites in a single mission.
Chief Executive Officer – Elon Musk
Headquarters – California, USA