SpaceX launched 58 Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster rocket launches 58 Starlink microsatellites.

The launch took place at the cosmodrome at Cape Canaveral in the United States at 5:21 a.m. on the East Coast of the United States (12:21 Moscow time). In addition to satellites, three SkySat satellites of the American company Planet Labs were launched into orbit with a portable telescope and a camera for monitoring the earth’s surface.

About nine minutes after launch, the first stage of the launch vehicle was landed on the Of Course I Still Love You platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

The previous launch of the Falcon 9 took place on June 4.

Starlink is the next generation satellite network capable of providing Earth’s inhabitants with broadband Internet access. The project began in February 2018. At the moment, the SpaceX orbital constellation consists of 420 vehicles of this type. In total, it is planned to launch about 12 thousand satellites.