SpaceX launches 29th Starlink mission launch from Cape Canaveral

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. 

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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.

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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.