Elon Musk Celebrates 'More Starlinks In Orbit', SpaceX Tally Of Satellites Launched Exceeds 5000
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Monday applauded the company for launching more Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit in two consecutive days.
What Happened: Musk‘s rocket manufacturing company launched 23 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit (LEO) from Florida on Monday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 7:20 p.m. ET after a failed initial attempt.
The CEO shared pictures from the launch and wrote, “More Starlinks in orbit.”
Merely a day ago, on Sunday, the company had launched 22 Starlink satellites from California. Starlink refers to broadband satellite internet provided by SpaceX with the help of satellites in low-Earth orbit.
According to astronomer Jonathan McDowell‘s analysis last updated on Sunday, SpaceX has launched 5,353 Starlink satellites thus far of which 4,988 are in orbit.
Why It Matters: SpaceX completed 26 launches in 2020, 31 in 2021, and nearly doubled it to 61 last year. Earlier this year in March when SpaceX completed its 20th launch for the year, Musk laid out big plans and said that the company is now eyeing over 70 launches for the remaining year, pegging the total number of launches for the year over 90.
Thus far, it has completed 79 launches, including the failed Starship launch attempt in April.
Image Courtesy: SpaceX
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