The American company SpaceX launched 48 Starlink telecommunications satellites into space. For this, a two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle was used, which was launched from the site of the US Space Force Base at Cape Canaveral in Florida at 08:45 local time (16:45 Moscow time).
Approximately nine minutes after launch, the first stage of the launch vehicle returned to Earth and landed on a special floating platform A Shortfall of Gravitas in the Atlantic Ocean. “ Another 48 Starlink satellites have just entered orbit ,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted.
“It’s time to launch the American broom and hear the sounds of freedom ,” said SpaceX’s satellite launch mission leader shortly before launch. Thus, he responded to the statement of the head of Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, who a few days ago, during the announcement of the cessation of deliveries of rocket engines to the United States, mentioned brooms: “We believe that in this situation we cannot continue to supply the United States with our best rocket engines in the world. engines, let them fly on something else, on their brooms.
SpaceX continues to actively expand the Starlink orbital satellite constellation, which already includes more than 2,000 small vehicles. SpaceX currently has approval from the industry regulator to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites. In the future, the company intends to further expand the grouping to about 30,000 devices.