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  • Writer's pictureYug Gharia

Double Trouble! SpaceX Launches Starlink Satellites on a Busy Sunday

SpaceX wasn't messing around this past Sunday, March 10th. In an impressive display of spaceflight choreography, the company launched not one, but two separate Falcon 9 rockets carrying Starlink internet satellites!

The first launch, dubbed Starlink 6-43, blasted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 7:05 PM EDT. This workhorse Falcon 9 booster, on its 11th flight, carried 23 Starlink satellites towards low Earth orbit. After a successful liftoff and first-stage landing on the drone ship "Just Read the Instructions," the second stage continued its journey to deliver its precious cargo.

But wait, there's more! Just a few hours later, at 10:13 PM EDT, another Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, carrying another batch of 23 Starlink satellites on mission Starlink Group 7-17. This particular booster was even more seasoned, on its 17th flight! It too aimed for a precise landing on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

These launches add to SpaceX's ever-growing Starlink constellation, which aims to provide internet access to underserved areas worldwide. This ambitious project has already launched hundreds of satellites, and with SpaceX aiming for 144 launches in 2024 alone, we can expect to see many more Starlink missions in the coming months.

Here's what makes this doubleheader special:

  • Efficiency Extravaganza: This mission showcases SpaceX's incredible launch cadence. By completing two Starlink launches in one day, they're rapidly growing their internet satellite network.

  • Booster Bonanza: Both Falcon 9 boosters on this mission were veterans, proving the reusability and reliability of SpaceX's rockets.

This weekend's doubleheader launch showcased SpaceX's impressive capabilities for rapid deployment, and with successful launches like this doubleheader, SpaceX is steadily marching towards its goal of global internet coverage. Stay tuned for even more Starlink missions as SpaceX lights up the future of internet connectivity!

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