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SpaceX rocket launches 53 Starlink satellites into orbit and aces landing at sea
By Mike Wall published about 4 hours ago

The Falcon 9 rocket launch (and landing) marked SpaceX's third Starlink mission in five days.


A used SpaceX rocket launched a new fleet of Starlink internet satellites into orbit and returned to Earth for a stunning landing at sea early Wednesday (May 18).

The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket topped with 53 Starlink spacecraft soared into the Florida morning sky from NASA's Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Liftoff was at 6:59 a.m. EDT (1059 GMT), about 39 minutes later than SpaceX initially planned.

"Falcon 9 has successfully lifted off carrying our 53 Starlink satellites into space," SpaceX production manager Jessie Anderson said during a live webcast. The launch marked SpaceX's third Starlink mission in five days following missions on May 13 and May 14.

About nine minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9 rocket returned to Earth with a smooth landing on SpaceX's droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas in the Atlantic Ocean, with onboard cameras capturing stunning video of the entire descent. It was landing number 121 for a SpaceX booster, Anderson said.

Related: SpaceX's Starlink megaconstellation launches in photos

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 53 Starlink satellites into space from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 18, 2022.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 53 Starlink satellites into space from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 53 Starlink satellites into space from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 18, 2022.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 53 Starlink satellites into space from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)
This split screen view shows SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket booster returning to Earth (left) as its second stage carries 53 Starlink satellites (seen in stacked configuration) toward orbit on May 18, 2022.

This split screen view shows SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket booster returning to Earth (left) as its second stage carries 53 Starlink satellites (seen in stacked configuration) toward orbit on May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)
Starlink is SpaceX's broadband constellation, which currently consists of more than 2,300 satellites, according to astrophysicist and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell. That number has been growing rapidly lately; SpaceX has launched 21 missions already in 2022, and 14 of them have been dedicated Starlink flights as of Wednesday's launch.

But the Starlink population could get truly huge in the not-too-distant future; the next-generation version of the constellation may eventually consist of up to 30,000 satellites, according to a Reuters report.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands atop the droneship A Shortfall Of Gravitas after successfully launching 53 Starlink satellites into orbit on May 18, 2022.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands atop the droneship A Shortfall Of Gravitas after successfully launching 53 Starlink satellites into orbit on May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)
A view of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as it approaches its droneship landing platform A Shortfall Of Gravitas on May 18, 2022.

A view of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as it approaches its droneship landing platform A Shortfall Of Gravitas on May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands atop the droneship A Shortfall Of Gravitas after successfully launching 53 Starlink satellites into orbit on May 18, 2022.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands atop the droneship A Shortfall Of Gravitas after successfully launching 53 Starlink satellites into orbit on May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)
A view of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as it approaches its droneship landing platform A Shortfall Of Gravitas on May 18, 2022.

A view of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as it approaches its droneship landing platform A Shortfall Of Gravitas on May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)
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Wednesday's mission marked the fifth for this particular Falcon 9 first stage. SpaceX previously used the rocket booster to launch its Arabsat-6A mission and the Space Test Project-2 flight for the U.S. Space Force (both as one of two side boosters on a Falcon Heavy rocket); as well as the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 satellite for Italy and an earlier Starlink flight.

Such reuse is a priority for SpaceX and its founder and CEO, Elon Musk, who views rapid and repeated reflight as the key breakthrough needed to make ambitious exploration feats such as Mars settlement economically feasible.

Mike Wall is the author of "Out There" (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or on Facebook.

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: community@space.com.


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So you're saying in the war of the supply chains
between Putin and Musk, the latter is winning?



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On 5/18/2022 9:33 AM, danny burstein wrote:
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So you're saying in the war of the supply chains
between Putin and Musk, the latter is winning?


??
Probably,,,

But after where many thought back in 1970 we would
be in "space" in 50 years,

Seems amazing to me the REAL PROGRESS we have
made in the last decade.

And it is individuals with serious vision, and
finances that are doing it.




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a425couple wrote on 19/5/22 3:15 am:
On 5/18/2022 9:33 AM, danny burstein wrote:
[snip]

So you're saying in the war of the supply chains
between Putin and Musk, the latter is winning?


??
Probably,,,

But after where many thought back in 1970 we would
be in "space" in 50 years,

Seems amazing to me the REAL PROGRESS we have
made in the last decade.

And it is individuals with serious vision, and
finances that are doing it.

But isn't a large portion of that finance coming via NASA??
--
Daniel


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