Falcon 9 left launch pad 39 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida around 6 a.m. SpaceX said on Twitter.
Reinforcement of the first stage supporting the mission completed eight flights prior to this launch.
“The first stage of Falcon 9 has landed the droneship Of Course I Still Love You, completing the ninth flight of this booster,” SpaceX he tweeted
The Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket, which is 70 meters high, according to information provided during the launch. Is described
by SpaceX as the “first-class orbital rocket capable of launching”.
The 60 Starlink satellites were deployed about an hour after the rocket was launched.
Starlink is a satellite-based internet constellation
intended to cover the planet with high-speed broadband, and is often proposed as a way to provide connectivity to billions of people who do not yet have reliable Internet access.
The idea requires swarms of satellites operating in low Earth orbit (approximately 340 miles high, in the case of SpaceX) to provide continuous coverage.
About 1,000 Starlink satellites
have been deployed and SpaceX plans to grow Starlink to include more than 40,000 satellites. Of course five times
the total number of satellites humans have launched since the dawn of space flight.
Now SpaceX owns a third
of all active satellites in space.