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Starlink Launches 47 Satellites Into Lower Earth Orbit For Better Satellite Internet Connectivity

California-based SpaceX has nearly 2,000 Starlink satellites orbiting Earth at an altitude of 340 miles. (Picture: SpaceX)

The 47 Starlink satellites have now joined more than 2,000 others in the program’s first-generation constellation orbiting Earth, delivering high-speed, low-latency internet around the world, even in remote areas.

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Elon Musk’s Space Adventure SpaceX successfully launched 47 Starlink satellites. the Stellar Link Mission 4-9 lifted off at 9:25 a.m. EST (6:25 a.m. PST) on March 3 from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and was SpaceX’s ninth of 52 launches scheduled this year, TechCrunch reported. The mission, piloted by the Falcon 9 booster “B1060”, has performed 11 flights since its debut in June 2020.

The 47 Starlink satellites have now joined more than 2,000 others in the program’s first-generation constellation orbiting Earth, delivering high-speed, low-latency internet around the world, even in remote areas. Starlink is currently allowed to expand its constellation to 12,000 satellites, although SpaceX has requested to launch another 30,000, according to the report. Thursday’s launch was already SpaceX’s sixth Starlink mission of the year. All launches were successful.

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But on the third mission, conducted Feb. 3, of the 49 Starlink satellites, 38 failed to reach their intended orbit due to a geomagnetic storm, burning up as they re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. SpaceX’s next Starlink launch is scheduled for March 8 from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS), according to the report.

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