SpaceX launches 49 Starlink internet satellites, lands rocket at sea


SpaceX launches 49 Starlink internet satellites, lands rocket at sea.
SpaceX’s Starlink internet megaconstellation keeps growing.
A two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with 49 Starlink satellites lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida today (Jan.
18) at 9:02 p.m.
EST (0203 GMT on Jan.
About nine minutes later, the rocket’s first stage came down to Earth for a pinpoint touchdown on the SpaceX droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.
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The first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands on the droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas shortly after launching 49 Starlink satellites to orbit on Jan.
18, 2022.
It was the 10th launch and landing for this particular booster.
(Image credit: SpaceX)

It was the 10th successful landing for this particular booster, which had previously launched six dedicated Starlink missions, the GPS III-3 satellite for the U.S.

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