SpaceX launches 53 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral on Nov. 13, 2021. Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider
SpaceX launched its latest batch of Starlink internet satellites, the first dedicated launch for the constellation from Florida since May.
A Falcon 9 rocket left the ground at 7:19 a.m. EST (12:19 UTC) Nov. 13, 2021, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The flight, called Group 4-1, carried 53 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit.
This was the mission’s second launch attempt following a weather-related scrub on Nov. 12. Today, there was a layer of fog around the launch pad, but that wasn’t a constraint for liftoff.
The Falcon 9 first stage being utilized was core B1058. It was on its ninth use after a roughly 181-day turnaround.
After about 2.5 minutes, the first stage’s job was done and it separated from the second stage. The first stage landed some 385 miles (620 kilometers) downrange on SpaceX’s drone ship “Just Read the Instructions.”
The Falcon 9 rises out of the fog at Cape Canaveral. Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider
A long exposure of the Falcon 9 launch with 53 Starlink satellites. Credit: Theresa Cross ...