SpaceX has crossed the 2,000 satellite mark starlink, was transferred to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) last Tuesday morning (9). Starlink Mission 4-10 launched at 10:45 AM ET and was taken on board a rocket Falcon 948 satellites from the company’s Internet service Elon Musk.
The occasion marked the 10th launch of the Texas-based company, which after yesterday recorded a new launch every 6.8 days. It should be noted that SpaceX has already expressed, in an official document, Intent to reach 52 flights in 2022.
groups Meteorological He indicated that there was an 80% favorable climate for carrying out the task. That morning, this gauge remained unchanged, which allowed to continue the launch, which departed from the launch complex 40 located at the base space force in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Minutes later, the first stage of the rocket separated from the payload and returned to Earth, landing perpendicular to unmanned ship Deficiency in Gravitas (ASOG), 635 km from the sea.
Interestingly, in this launch, SpaceX performed a maneuver known as “DougligEssentially, the Falcon 9 took off, maintaining relative proximity to the Bahamas region, and reorienting itself south when it found itself out of reach of any piece of land. This maneuver is usually performed in order to place the artifact in an orbital region without the missile flying Absolute over populated areas.
Speaking of the Falcon 9, motivation The one that did so was the B1052, which with this launch completed its fourth successful mission. For the first time in its history, SpaceX has surpassed 2,000 satellites in concurrent operation.
Also in March 2022, two more missions for SpaceX were confirmed: Starlink 4-12, which will once again carry another wave of satellites into space; and Ax-1, the first special mission towards International Space Station (ISS), that the company You will work on behalf of Axiom.
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