SpaceX Launches 21 More Starlink Satellites from California Written 9 October 2023


Second engine startup during SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of 21 Starlink satellites, October 9, 2023. | Credit: SciNews YouTube; framegrab

SPACE reports that early Monday morning, SpaceX launched 21 more of its Starlink broadband satellites "atop a Falcon 9 rocket from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base." Liftoff occurred at 3:23 a.m. ET, which was "streamed live via SpaceX's account on X (formerly known as Twitter)."  Eight and half minutes after launch, the Falcon 9's first stage made a successful "vertical landing at sea on the SpaceX drone ship Of Course I Still Love You."  Just over an hour after launch, the Falcon 9's upper stage "deployed the 21 Starlink spacecraft into low Earth orbit."  
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SpaceX Starlink 112 launch and Falcon 9 first stage landing, 9 October 2023
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