SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket with 46 satellites, see mission video

SpaceX has sent another batch of its Starlink Internet satellites on 12 August. Falcon 9 rocket launches 46 Starlink craft into space.

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Elon Musk, the world’s richest man SpaceX on Friday launched another batch of Starlink satellites into orbit. Falcon 9 launched 46 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. 9 minutes after launch, the rocket first landed on top of a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean and was lifted shortly after.

SpaceX tweeted that the deployment of 46 Starlink satellites has been confirmed. COMSPOC, a space tracking company, recently revealed a conjunction squall event, revealing that 841 Starlink satellites represent about 30% of the SpaceX constellation. This launch can be seen on SpaceX’s Twitter handle and YouTube.

This mission is the company’s 36th mission of the year.

The launch was SpaceX’s second satellite mission this week as it recently launched 52 satellites from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Currently SpaceX has launched more than 2200 satellites for its Starlink which is providing high-speed internet in 37 countries so far. Apart from this, this mission is the company’s 36th mission of the year. Starlink satellites are facing threats from debris created after an anti-satellite missile test conducted by Russia in November last year. However, SpaceX says its satellites are capable of avoiding collisions with space debris.

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Earlier on August 9, SpaceX launched another large batch of its Starlink internet satellites into orbit and landed a rocket on a ship at sea.