LAKE MARY, Fla. - SpaceX has successfully launched the 29th mission of the constellation of networked satellites known as Starlink.
A Falcon 9 lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Launch Complex 40 at 2:59 p.m. Eastern, and shortly after launch, the rocket's first stage executed two burns to bring it safely back to a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
This mission marked the second flight for this Falcon 9 booster. The landing representing the 85th successful recovery of a first stage. Reusability is critical to cost-effective launches for the space company.
The goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide high-speed internet access to those who are not yet connected and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe.
Currently, over 1,600 Starlink internet satellites are in orbit. The network is now delivering initial beta service both domestically and internationally, and will continue expansion to near-global coverage in 2021, SpaceX says.
"Starlink is ideally suited for areas of the globe where connectivity has typically been a challenge," the space company's website states.
A Starlink Kit includes your Wi-Fi router, power supply, cables, and mounting tripod. Starlink also requires a clear view of the sky to connect.