A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched 56 Starlink satellites into orbit yesterday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 4:32 am EST. The rocket transported a payload that weighed a combined 17.4 metric tons (38,000 pounds), making it Falcon’s heaviest yet. At the 2 minute, 30-second mark, Falcon’s first stage separated and successfully landed back on a drone ship nearly 9 minutes after lift-off.
Currently, Starlink already has over 3,400 satellites in operation, with 12,000 more already approved for launch. Starlink Gen2 satellites will eventually be launched on SpaceX’s Starship rocket, which completed a full wet dress rehearsal earlier this week. The second-generation satellites aim to improve coverage over lower latitude regions, while also alleviating network congestion.
- Next-gen WiFi standard – World's first Wi-Fi6E tri-band router boosts speeds up to 11000 Mbps.
- 6GHz spectrum available – Wider channels and higher capacity to deliver higher performance, lower latency, and less interference.
- 2.5G LAN/WAN Port – All traffic through 2.5G port is given the top priority, and 2.5G port unlocks the full potential of WiFi 6.
Starship completed its first full flight-like wet dress rehearsal at Starbase today. This was the first time an integrated Ship and Booster were fully loaded with more than 10 million pounds of propellant,” said SpaceX.