SpaceX launched 51 Starlink satellites and a space tug Sunday night. The agency revealed plans to send a space tug aloft. That is along with another big batch of Starlink internet satellites on Sunday night.
Accordingly, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off Sunday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
And, it is carrying 51 Starlink internet satellites to orbit. The Launch time is set for 10:09 p.m. EDT (0209 GMT on Sept. 5).
SpaceX Launched 51 Starlink Satellites
SpaceX has made flight plan calls for SpaceX to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket. That will back to Earth for a soft touchdown on the drone ship.
Accordingly, Starlink Group 4-20 will be Sherpa-LTC2. It is a space tug provided by Seattle-based company Spaceflight. Now, the tug will carry a payload for Boeing’s Varuna Technology Demonstration Mission (Varuna-TDM).
However, this “aims to test V-band communications for a constellation of 147 non-geostationary broadband satellites.
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SpaceX, Starlink Satellites Into Orbit
SpaceX has sent more than 3,000 Starlink satellites into orbit. Accordingly, the agency made an effort to create a huge constellation for broadband services. They targeted remote areas.
Adding to this, SpaceX has already launched more than 25 Starlink-centric missions in 2022. Now, this will be SpaceX’s 40th launch of the year and it will continue adding to the Starlink mega constellation.
However, SpaceX has approval to launch over 12,000 Starlink satellites. Also, it has asked an international regulator to give the thumbs-up to an additional 30,000.