SpaceX Sent 56 Starlink Satellites into Low-Earth Orbit

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket that brought 56 Starlink satellites from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on March 29.

The rocket’s first stage came back to Earth on the SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean about 8.5 minutes after launch.

The company wrote in a mission description that it was the fourth launch and landing for the particular rocket booster.

Previously, it has been used in the Crew 5 mission’s launch to the International Space Station in October.

Meanwhile, the Falcon 9’s upper stage continued bringing the Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO).

The space company confirmed via Twitter that the rocket deployed 56 satellites as planned 65 minutes after launch.

Those satellites were Starlink’s V1.5 model, unlike the V2 Mini model that had an issue after being launched a month ago.

The issue was the satellites didn’t continue to increase their altitude after launch.

Generally, today’s launch was the 21st for SpaceX this year and the 11th in 2023 devoted to building out SpaceX’s Starlink broadband constellation.

According to astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, SpaceX has lofted more than 4,200 Starlink satellites into space.

After all, those numbers will continue to grow as Elon Musk’s SpaceX has permission to deploy 12,000 satellites in LEO.

Furthermore, he has applied for permission for another 30,000 satellites.