SpaceX launches 60 Starlink internet satellites on May 4, 2021, using a first stage on its ninth flight. Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider
Less than a week after the last Starlink satellite launch, SpaceX sent an additional 60 high-speed internet satellites into orbit using a Falcon 9 first stage booster flying for the ninth time.
At 3:01 p.m. EDT (19:01 UTC) May 4, 2021, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched another 60 Starlink internet satellites as the company continues its march toward global internet connectivity and coverage.
Falcon 9 B-1049-9. Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider
The first stage for this mission, core B1049-9, was recovered successfully by SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” staged around 380 miles (613 kilometers) downrange and was supported by the ship GO Quest. The fairing halves were also expected to be recovered by one of the company fleet’s newest addition, a contracted recovery vessel named “Shelia Bordelon.”
In the coming days, SpaceX’s recovery vessels will return to Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast where historically the fairings and booster are prepped for transport back the company’s Florida facility for reconditioning and ...