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SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites this week

8 Oct 2020, 11:24 UTC
SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites this week
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After 2 weeks of delays, SpaceX delivered its 13th batch of controversial Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit this week, on October 6, 2020. The full stack of 60 satellites are equipped with a sunshade called VisorSat in an effort to reduce their brightness. There are now 775 Starlink satellites in orbit. The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 7:29 a.m. Eastern Time (11:29 UTC). After successfully releasing the satellites to orbit, the Falcon 9 booster’s first stage came back to Earth, landing on one of SpaceX’s drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean, nine minutes after launch.
Poor weather conditions at Falcon 9’s ocean recovery site had initially forced SpaceX to stand down from its first attempt to launch this particular Starlink mission – one of multiple missions designed to provide satellite Internet access – on September 17, 2020. Weather concerns also thwarted launch attempts on September 28 and October 5, while ground systems issues prevented the rocket from flying another attempt on October 1. However, the fifth time was the charm, and weather conditions finally cooperated for a smooth launch on October 6. Onlookers cheered as the Falcon 9 rocket leapt ...

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