Starlink: SpaceX sends a new salvo of satellites into orbit

After a five-day delay due to weather, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday from Spaceport 40 (SLC-40) at the space station at Cape Canaveral in Florida. This mission sent 54 additional Starlink satellites into orbit to expand the global satellite internet service coverage.

Starlink currently has over 3,000 satellites in orbit. SpaceX quickly expanded its constellation of satellites, launching them very frequently, almost weekly. SpaceX has already surpassed its record of 31 launches in 2021, the most launches in a year.

As of July, Starlink broadband is available in 36 countries, including the US, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Famed SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Monday that coverage is now available on all seven continents, including Antarctica. SpaceX plans to continue to significantly expand its coverage in 2023 to include the rest of the United States. Elon Musk recently tweeted that he plans to have up to 100 launches in 2023.


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