The American company SpaceX has launched 48 Starlink telecommunications satellites into space. For this, a two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle was used, which was launched from the location of the US Space Force base in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8:45 a.m. local time (4:45 p.m. Moscow time).
About nine minutes after launch, the launch vehicle’s first stage returned to Earth and landed on a special A Shortfall of Gravitas in the Atlantic Ocean floating platform. “Another 48 Starlink satellites just entered orbit,” tweeted SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
“It’s time to throw the American broomstick and hear the sounds of freedom,” said the head of the SpaceX satellite launch mission shortly before departure. Thus, he responded to the statement of the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, who a few days ago, when announcing the cessation of rocket motor deliveries to the United States, mentioned brushes: “We believe that in this situation we cannot continue to supply the United States with our best rocket engines in the world, engines, that they fly on something else, on their brushes.
SpaceX continues to actively expand the Starlink constellation of satellites in orbit, which already includes more than 2,000 small vehicles. SpaceX currently has approval from industry regulators to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites. In the future, the company plans to further expand the cluster to around 30,000 devices.