SpaceX Launches 51 Starlink Satellites Into Orbit
© AP Photo / John RaouxA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the 26th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
© AP Photo / John Raoux
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Falcon 9 rocket carrying 51 Starlink satellites was successfully launched into orbit, the American company SpaceX reported on Monday night.
The Falcon 9 launch vehicle lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, at 8:55 p.m. local time (03:55 GMT) and deployed Starlink satellites, which was confirmed about 20 minutes after launch.
"Deployment of 51 Starlink satellites confirmed," the company announced on Twitter.
The first-stage booster successfully landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship.
Starlink is a next generation satellite network capable of providing broadband Internet access to the inhabitants of the Earth. The project began in February 2018. Its goal is to ensure access to high-speed Internet anywhere in the world.